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Re: Choice of USA Grown Wood for Rebuilding

Googling "rot resistant wood" came up with white oak (think USS Ironsides), locust and cedar (white and western red). Locust is used for fence post here in east TN. Save the walnut and cherry for interior work. They use ash for tillers. Not sure I would use red oak on the exterior. I do make saw dust in the basement also. As far as treatment, I'd use a penetrating epoxy to seal the wood. You have to protect the epoxy from the sun's UV with either varnish or paint. Since you are in Florida I would think cypress would be available also. I have never worked with cypress.
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