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    Wood Type for Exterior

    Question, I build a lot of exterior storm windows for historic houses. Up until now I have always been asked to use pine for the frames which seems to work well when primed and painted to match the old houses. Im now asked to build storm doors. I dont think pine is a good choice. What would you use keeping cost in mind, is poplar a good choice? I dont have a lot of choices at the local lumber stores. Just wondering what you would use for these doors. Thanks.

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    White oak would be my choice, it's good for outdoor projects since it's rot resistant

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    We are having a new door made for my church by a FW (former?) member. It will be mahogany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Hans View Post
    White oak would be my choice, it's good for outdoor projects since it's rot resistant
    White oak is certainly good, but it's probably expensive. Cedar is very good for outdoors but soft. As long as you are painting it, poplar is probably the best choice among the cheap harder woods.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 10-26-2012 at 01:46 AM.
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    white oak is probably the cheapest in NY.
    and will hold up well.
    I think if you use mahogany, and coat it with something like sikkens, it will last 30 years.
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    Thanks for the info. I will look into white oak or poplar. I would like mahogany but I believe the cost would be too much.

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    Hemlock is a very good choice for exterior to. Used alot around my area for siding, and even rough cut barns. durable and the wood boring bumble bees wont even attack it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Byrd View Post
    Hemlock is a very good choice for exterior to. Used alot around my area for siding, and even rough cut barns. durable and the wood boring bumble bees wont even attack it
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    In NY I would get some larch. This stuff will last forever outside or get some black locus

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    thanks, Jay!!

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