Look into wooden boat building. Just make sure you get passed the guys who swear you must use west system epoxy. Old school guys like Rob White will tell you paint is fine if its built right. (or would tell you, he passed away 2 years ago.)
Besides, pressure treated is for outdoor ground contact that COULD soak up water and remain wet. Indoors, where it's going to be able to dry out, non treated is fine. Dont waste the money on treated. Besides the exposure to the chemicals. It weighs more, is harder to work with, will warp as it dries out, harder to get a good finish on. When it's needed, the stuff is fantastic. Otherwise it's a waste.
Besides if you stain it to match the rest of the furniture your Parents will appreciate it more.
And yes. Very excited, I get to start mine in a few weeks. Got to get through this move first!
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