Decking & Outdoor Lumber

posted 5/31/2018 in Kreg Tool Tips: Wood Buying by Kreg Tool Company

Decking and Outdoor Lumber
In most home centers, the common outdoor woods are cedar and pressure-treated pine. Pressure-treated pine is an economical choice for decks and outdoor projects, but it isn’t good for indoor projects and furniture. Cedar is naturally well-suited for use outdoors but costs a lot more than pressure-treated wood. Cedar can be used indoors, as well, though it’s not common.

General Info Common Uses Pros     Cons    
Pressure-Treated: This lumber is made from pine treated with chemical preservatives. It's economical and is commonly used for decks and fences. These boards are cut to standard sizes, such as 2x4, etc. This lumber isn't suited for indoor use. decks, outdoor furniture, and structures weather-resistant, strong, inexpensive

heavy, chemical content, not suited for indoor use

Cedar is a softwood with natural properties that help it withstand exposure to moisture without the need for further chemical treatment. Cedar is also attractive and easy to work with, but is priced substantially higher than pressure-treated pine. Cedar can be used for indoor projects, as well. decks, outdoor structures, siding, indoor projects weather-resistant, light but strong, attractive limited sizes, discolors over time when used outdoors

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