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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Outdoor Furniture Material
« on: April 29, 2022, 10:59 AM »
My wife and I were at a local garden center a few weeks ago and we saw some patio furniture made from some kind of composite material. I'm a wood lover like most here but this looked like an excellent substitute for outdoor use. Was interesting that fastening with SS screws and pocket hole joints were used like one would use with wood. Aluminum angle iron was added in places like the top as stiffeners.

Anyone have experience using this type of material and know sources?

Thanks
Mike


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Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: Outdoor Furniture Material
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2022, 01:38 PM »
We have some Costco sourced deck chairs in similar synthetic material.  They were sold as a build yourself kit and working with the kit I thought the material resembled many of the synthetic decking products on the market.  Most of the decking seems to have core material unsuitable for furniture but there are some that might work.

A search with "composite wood" as term turns up many results, some might be appropriate

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Outdoor Furniture Material
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2022, 09:01 PM »
I’ve built some outdoor stuff using decking boards. Doesn’t last forever, but far longer than pressure treated wood. Not pretty, but tough. I prefer using Ipe if the item has to look good.
Birdhunter

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Outdoor Furniture Material
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2022, 11:26 PM »
Pretty much any composite decking material will work and can be found at decent lumber yards. Trex is one of the better known brands. Most public benches today are made from composites or at least it seems so.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Outdoor Furniture Material
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2022, 08:36 AM »
I use Trex on some outdoor builds. Most Trex boards have a deep ripple pattern on the underside. I have found some that is flat on both sides. The ends of the Trex boards are not pretty. I usually seal the ends where I have cut the boards with the hope that I will not get water intruding.
Birdhunter

Offline guybo

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Re: Outdoor Furniture Material
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2022, 12:56 PM »
Hi, this works well for end grain.