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    as untreated 4x4 posts?
    I have patterns to make candle holders out of 4x4 posts....about 4-4.5 inches high.
    But all I can find are treated and I don't like those.
    Any idea on where to buy them?

  • #2
    Can you useCedar?
    I bought a couple of 4x4 cedar posts.
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    • #3
      Google "Turning wood for sale" and you will find many suppliers of this size wood from less expensive basswood to very expensive exotic woods. It is used by woodturners on their lathes. Hope this helps you find what you need for your project. Regards, Dick
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rolf View Post
        Can you useCedar?
        I bought a couple of 4x4 cedar posts.
        If cedar can be painted....will they hold acrylic paint well?

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        • #5
          Cedar would have to be sealed for sure. It is very porous.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by wood-n-things View Post
            Cedar would have to be sealed for sure. It is very porous.
            Ok...so if I put a primer on it first then my acrylics...that should work?

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            • #7
              Some Home Depot stores carry pine untreated 4x4"s but watch make sure there not full of mold.
              Someone say tool or lumber sale I am out of here

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              • #8
                Might take a couple of coats but should be fine.
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                • #9
                  Catlyn, is it the pressure treated part or is it the green color? If you cannot find Cedar in your area I would recommend the YellaWood over the generic pt lumber...I know it is pressure treated, but it is not that gawd awful green that is saturated in chemicals. However, you still need to take precautions (mask and eye protection) when cutting and sanding pt wood...and NO burning - do not throw waste into firepit/burn barrell!!!

                  However, if you are going to paint it, you could glue up two pine 2x4's, as long as you get them perfectly butted and glued one would not be able to tell the difference.

                  Just my two cents...
                  Last edited by lkbraa; 12-05-2011, 11:15 PM.
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                  • #10
                    I thought about that....but I was afraid it would have a seam where they 2x4's meet...on the side. They are kind of rounded off and wouldn't comepletely close if glued together would they....I could fill it in with woodfiller I guess.
                    Or I thought about making a box...faking it to look like a 4x4.
                    I'll come up with something, but I really wanted an untreated pine 4x4.

                    Someone mentioned Home Depot...I'll try to check there. Altho the nearest one is about 50 miles from me. We don't have diddly squat where I'm at.



                    Originally posted by lkbraa View Post
                    Catlyn, is it the pressure treated part or is it the green color? If you cannot find Cedar in your area I would recommend the YellaWood over the generic pt lumber...I know it is pressure treated, but it is not that gawd awful green that is saturated in chemicals. However, you still need to take precautions (mask and eye protection) when cutting and sanding pt wood...and NO burning - do not throw waste into firepit/burn barrell!!!

                    However, if you are going to paint it, you could glue up two pine 2x4's, as long as you get them perfectly butted and glued one would not be able to tell the difference.

                    Just my two cents...

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                    • #11
                      One idea springs to mind re: 4 x 4

                      Is there a staircase fitters/suppliers or whatever near you that you could blag their 'Newel post' offcuts?

                      An example post Newel Post Bases - Bases for Staircase Newel Posts

                      I have an offcut from when my friend fitted me a new one and am saving it for a few little boxes myself. Its all squared up and ready to cut when I get organised.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sunlion View Post
                        One idea springs to mind re: 4 x 4

                        Is there a staircase fitters/suppliers or whatever near you that you could blag their 'Newel post' offcuts?

                        An example post Newel Post Bases - Bases for Staircase Newel Posts

                        I have an offcut from when my friend fitted me a new one and am saving it for a few little boxes myself. Its all squared up and ready to cut when I get organised.

                        I'll check into that, too. The lumber yard here might have something like that or Lowe's 30 miles over in the next town.

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                        • #13
                          Home Depot here in mid Mich. carries 4 x 4 cedar post.
                          If not try laminating your own. I have done it in the past
                          with good results.

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                          • #14
                            If you have a sawmill nearby, I'm sure they would be glad to cut and sell a few 4x4 posts. I pick up a lot of downed trees, use a chainsaw to rough cut to approximate size, then, after they dry, I cut them on the bandsaw.
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