Long-Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Any wood resting on the ground will rot, especially if it’s end grain because water wicks up into the same channels the tree used to transport water.

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Any wood resting on the ground will rot, especially if it’s end grain. That’s because water wicks up into the same channels the tree used to transport water. So whenever I build outdoor furniture, I do two things: First I seal the end grain with Titebond III (or any other waterproof woodworking glue). And if the legs are resting on masonry, I pound in plastic furniture buttons ($3 per set at home centers). That keeps the wood slightly elevated so it won’t be sitting in puddles. — Travis Larson

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