|Project by LBH||posted 06-26-2016 03:11 PM||1537 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
I wanted a Big Green Egg smoker for some time. I saw all the different carts that folks had made and decided that was the ticket. I selected cypress for it’s weather resistant properties. In researching how to finish the cypress I came across a Japanese burning technique called “Jin di sugi”. Simple torch the wood and gently remove the soot from the soft grain with a soft brush. I chose a wide brass brush. It turned out great.
Putting a top coat on raw cypress was a challenge. After looking at Cetol 23 I settled on Wood Kote Ultra Flagship 250. It worked great on the “Sugi” wood, but never dried on raw cypress. Thankfully I used test pieces before putting it on the project. Wood Kote said the oils in the cypress react with the binders and drying agents.
After more research the comments I came across said on cypress no coating is the best coating. I wanted some type of coating so I put on John Boos Mystery Oil and Block Cream. Ya I know it’s not weather resistant but there will be a cover on it when it’s not used. If I had to do it again the top would be hard maple and John Boos oil.
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