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I'm making legs for my bed

I'm making legs for my bed which will be 24 in long. I was thinking of using 4 in x4 in, 8 ft. #2 ground contact pressure-treated southern yellow pine timber. I reading about this wood twisting and bending. I'm hoping i can use this wood the price is great and painting it to match the decor also. I know it's mostly used for deck posts outside. Can i use it inside?
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Posted 2017-11-10T02:22:40+0000  by jcjae jcjae
 
Because of it's very high moisture content, pressure treated wood is subject to warping, cupping, twisting, bowing, cracking, and checking.  It would be a poor choice for a project such as yours unless you want to let it dry for upwards of 6 months.  I would instead consider something like a cedar fence post.  They still have a pretty high moisture content and it would be a good idea to let it dry for a month or two before use.

The best choice would be a kiln dried hardwood like oak or maple.  While more expensive, the drying eliminates the problems associated with construction lumber.
Posted 2017-11-10T02:49:24+0000  by Adam444
 
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