Re: White oak for outdoor use other than boatbuilding
I have a pair of white oak adirondack chairs that I made 6 or 7 years ago. I painted them with green enamel. Although I probably should refresh the paint every year, I have been averaging every other year. They still look good after sitting outside all that time. It does tend to develop surface checks that will show up as slight cracks in the paint, but nothing like flaking or pealing.
The wood I used was air dried for 70+ years in a non-traditional way. I bought it from a farmer who was taking down his horse fencing. The oak had been cut into slats and posts in the 1930s and had been weathering until I bought it. At around 10 cents a BF, it was a double bargain as it also gave me much exercise with a scrub plane cleaning it up.
Had I not had all this cheap lumber, I would have opted for local cypress or even yellow pine.
- Anything you can't have fun with is not worth taking seriously.