Wooden Garage Door: Western Red Cedar or Fijian Mahogany?

TXBluebonnet11October 9, 2013

I am trying to decide on a wood species for our wooden garage door. My choices are Western Red Cedar or Fijian Mahogany. I like the fine look of the mahogany wood. Will both take a warm dark oak/walnut colored stain? Is one more durable than the other? What are the pros and cons to each?

The door comes unfinished, so what would be the recommending stain application? Many thanks and appreciation for any insights.

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Sophie Wheeler

Neither. Especially in TX sun. Go fiberglass. Unless you want to be out there every couple of years stripping and recoating.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 6:28PM
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Western red cedar is the "greener" choice. Most sources are sustainably harvested timber forests in British Columbia. If a part wears out and you need a carpenter to fix it, the repair is going to match better and cost less.

Paint the door with an oil paint neutral (transparent) tint base, with no pigment added, it will provide excellent protection and dry clear. I recommend Hollandlac Brilliant Base Transparent, made by fine paints of europe.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2013 at 4:04AM
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