Hemlock for outdoor furniture?

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  • Turaj
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 1018
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • BT3000 (1998)

    Hemlock for outdoor furniture?

    I am about to build couple of Patio Tables for our backyard and I was thinking of using Hemlock. In the past I had always used Cedar but this time I want something heavier that is closer to hardwood (such as white oak). So has any one used Hemlock for these kind of projects? Any advise? Thanks in advance
    Turaj (in Toronto)
    "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading!" Henny Youngman
  • radhak
    Veteran Member
    • Apr 2006
    • 3055
    • Miramar, FL
    • Right Tilt 3HP Unisaw

    #2
    At first I thought you wanted to poison somebody thru the seat of their pants!
    "...Doctors are puzzled how this poison got into her body..."

    But google told me that Hemlock the coniferous tree is unrelated to Hemlock the poisonous herb !

    So now that your good intentions are established, I've lost some of my interest .

    But as you can tell, I've never used it, sorry.
    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    - Aristotle

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    • bigangelman
      Forum Newbie
      • Nov 2006
      • 32
      • Northern Wisconsin
      • BT3000

      #3
      I would try to find some cypress (reclaimed) it would last a long time. The hemlock I know from working on old house was always full of splinters. I don't know if I would want to be sitting/sliding around on that.

      Tom

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      • Tom Slick
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        • May 2005
        • 2913
        • Paso Robles, Calif, USA.
        • sears BT3 clone

        #4
        The hemlock I've used for fascia has been very splintery.
        Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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        • Black wallnut
          cycling to health
          • Jan 2003
          • 4715
          • Ellensburg, Wa, USA.
          • BT3k 1999

          #5
          Bear Creek Lumber specializes in Hemlock natural wood options for your interior and exterior projects. Free Quotes, Photos and Direct Shipping


          'round here most hemlock is used in framing as a slightly better grade of stud. Based on the info in my link I'd rather use cedar for outdoor stuff. Both of these woods are quite common around here so reasonable in cost.
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          • gsmittle
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            • Aug 2004
            • 2769
            • St. Louis, MO, USA.
            • BT 3100

            #6
            Originally posted by radhak
            "...Doctors are puzzled how this poison got into her body..."
            Through a splinter????

            g.
            Smit

            "Be excellent to each other."
            Bill & Ted

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            • Turaj
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              • Dec 2002
              • 1018
              • Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
              • BT3000 (1998)

              #7
              Thanks everyone! (and NO, I was not trying to kill anyone! Although that would be a good story for an episode of "House"!)

              Mark, thanks for the link! A lot of good information there.

              I'll keep looking for a suitable local substitute. Thanks again!
              Turaj (in Toronto)
              "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading!" Henny Youngman

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