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As some of you may know, I work in the woodshop of a New England ski resort. I recently received a mailing from an outfit in SW NY selling solid cherry "resort furniture" - Adirondack chairs, tables, etc.
I have frequently been called upon to repair (or often scrap) the stuff that we have on hand, both the rustic M&T cedar log type and the wood-slatted-cast iron base type of outdoor furniture. Both are junk, as delivered from the factory, and only marginally better after they leave my shop. There is only so much one can do, after all. Therefore I actually read the mailing.
These folks claim, with accompanying testimonial, that cherry, among other things that make it desirable for this use, is "equally as rot resistant as cedar or cyprus"
I have, when harvesting firewood, found standing deadwood cherry that had sapwood so rotted that you could pull it off in handfuls, yet the heartwood was still perfectly sound, so maybe, if no sapwood is utilized, yet the promotional photo clearly shows sapwood on the chair.......
To give them credit, they are prefinishing all parts (type of finish is unspecified) using SS fasteners, and plugging screw holes. They claim the stuff is "constructed in a Marine style", so maybe the finish is an epoxy type. One could certainly verify this.
Yet.......I'm skeptical. How about you? I'm particularly interested in opinions/experience with the rot resistant claim.
BTW, yes I could easily do the same thing in my shop, but don't believe I could match their price......it's this economy of scale thing.......their price per chair is actually pretty reasonable, with volume discounts available.
So whaddya think? At the least, one would think that repairs would be more gratifying!