We have a table and set of benches in the garden, made of Jarrah wood. The only treatment they've had is regular coating with Jarrah oil, so they are nice and dark.

Some of the benches have recently been broken by people who shall remain nameless. I can't find a decent Jarrah supply on the California coast. So I guess we'll need to use something native.

Does anyone have a suggestion for something which will darken with age (to match the existing Jarrah) as it is left outside 24/7, and stand up to the wear and tear?

Here's some images of the damaged parts

Ends split where hardware was inserted Full piece (you can see an intact one on right

  • Have to lead with this, so there's a "Jarrah Oil" as well as a "Teak Oil"? * le sigh*
    – Graphus
    Jun 13 '21 at 4:27
  • Sorry for your trouble. There just isn't a domestic US species that's a good match for jarrah. You can get good outdoor durability from white oak, even without treatment, and like most woods it will darken with treatment with any oil-based penetrating finish (which is what I'm guessing "jarrah oil" is ....same as "teak oil"). I presume you're at least somewhat familiar with white oak, and realise it'll never look the same or likely even come close to the same colouring. A red oak might be closer in colouring (it varies too much to rely on as to colour) but that's not exterior durable.
    – Graphus
    Jun 13 '21 at 4:33
  • But a lot of repairs to furniture that has been broken is effected without new wood. It's normal for the breaks to be fixed, even if pieces have become detached. Is there no possibility of that sort of thing in this case?
    – Graphus
    Jun 13 '21 at 4:35
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    Don't know exactly what sizes you're looking for, but have you considered ipe? (Not native, of course, but widely available at decking stores.) Jun 13 '21 at 14:35
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    ps, also Bay Area and working on an ipe deck right now, so maybe some scraps available if we can figure out what you're looking for and manage to get in touch... Jun 13 '21 at 14:39

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