Question on wood stabilizer

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 07-29-2012 10:09 AM 1381 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am commissioned to build a staircase and landing out pf 4” thick Beetle kill pine. My only concern is that pine being soft will wear down faster when being walked on. Would Coating the surfaces with a wood hardener or stabilizer help or not? Kind of a marquis project and I want it right. Cutting big trees for this.

Side note; using polyurethane designed for flooring to finish it. Maybe that’s enough?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 12:22 PM

I’ve tried using wood hardener and conditioner and it didn’t seem to help me much. I would try some on a test piece and see how it goes. My fingernail still indented the wood in my test.

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 02:09 PM

Unless you can get fairly deep penetration, I doubt that it would help much at all. You’d need really high pressures to get the required penetration.

-- Gerry,

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 01:26 AM

Wow, that is a major project. I don’t think that stabilizer or ‘hardener’ will improve the wear appreciably. How about adding a hardwood bullnose to the leading edge of each step as that is where the most wear seems to occur? This could add an attractive accent to the stairs as well as improving wearability.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 05:23 AM

I also don’t think a hardner will help. I’ve build decks of pine for years and never had a wear problem. Pine is a soft wood but plenty tough to walk on. All those PT decks are pine and fir.

-- Tom D

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