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Wood Columns: species11/11
On a project where there are no budget constraints I am being asked which species of wood for 10' tall tapered columns would be best ?
You don't say where there going- shoreline, mountains, desert- and I'll assume they're exterior, so I'd say teak is fine for clear finish and is certainly expensive enough ;-)
Like Mark I'll assume these are exterior columns. I think I'd prefer SA mahogany over teak if these are round, stave style construction. I think teak is overkill for the project plus is much more difficult to work. However if indeed the wood is to be exposed then you have to also consider the desired appearance.
If they are to have a clear finish, and red columns are acceptable, then the ultimate in my opinion would be pattern grade SA mahogany if you can find it. If painted then lower grades would be fine.
Sapele', White Oak
Used to be a ton of issues with gluing teak. No idea if you are looking at plantation teak or if that is the only thing available now. Plantation was easier to work with. Personally those glue issues would still scare me away.
I used to make replacement louver boat doors for Chris Craft restorations. We used Teak and Resorcinol, and made sure we were well above 70 degrees.
We've done a ton of teak work on houses and boats. Many exterior bent lamination handrails. Think a profiled 3" x 6". All sitting in the sun, wind & rain for 25 years. Just abraded with 80 grit, cleaned with acetone and glued together with straight non thickened West System epoxy. You shouldn't be scared by teak.
By all means, choose the Teak if you can. It is one of the most interesting woods to work with. The smell, texture, waxy feel, olive color, even sanding are all unique to Teak. It is one of my favorites, but I get fewer and fewer chances to work with it.
Thanks David; we are going with Teak and resorcinol per your success with it. They will be joined with lock miters. I agree with you about the Teak. It is always a privilege to work with it