Q: How does cherry wood hold up in a bathroom?
Hi, I recently visited my cousins in the DC area. They had just redone one of their bathrooms and put in a pedestal sink and built-in cherry wood storage/cubbyholes. ...Sort of like book cases for bath stuff. It looked awesome and I loved it. I would love to do that in my house. But, I am unsure how the wood would hold up. Does cherry or any wood for that matter hold up well in a steamy, moist environment? Thanks.
A: Shouldn't be worse than any other wood
I'm shooting from the hip, but if the wood is properly sealed and finished, cherry should do fine. One wood I know is famous for rot resistance is teak, but it's expensive. Teak you can get nowadays doesn't have the same moisture resistant properties as old growth teak, but as far as I know old growth teak is near impossible to get. I think in Burma they used to make truck bodies out of the stuff to sneak it out of the woods, and that was years ago.
I made a fountain out of teak a few years ago (just a post with a ladder kind of setup--slate pieces being the steps that the water ran down) and it held up fine for the couple years that it ran; the wood was totally unfinished.
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