Cedar Adirondack Chairs and Cedar Side Table trimmed in Purple Heart

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Project by Ron Berneburg posted 07-08-2010 07:19 AM 2635 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these chairs and really debated if I would top coat them or not. Give me your feedback should I have left the Cedar to weather without the top coat ??

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 10:38 AM

I like the chairs and think leaving them natural would have not been as nice. I think this highlights the wood. Jut my two sense’s worth. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 01:34 PM

I think if they were merely decorative pieces, then leaving them natural might’ve been the way to go.

However, if you’re planning on using them as seating, I agree with finishing them as they’ll hold up longer without becoming rough and splintery.

What did you finish them with anyway?

Ken, what happened to your other three senses? ;-)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 01:58 PM

I think you took the right path on the finish as well. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 03:42 PM

Great job!! You made the right choice to top coat.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 05:48 PM

Good job, putting top coat on will shed water and make it last longer. Thompson’s water seal is great for stuff like this that is left outside.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 06:53 PM

first class job good finish

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 08:57 PM

The top coat makes them look nicer, easier to clean, and more comfortable to the touch (less splintering).

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 03:25 AM

Very nicely done. I really like them made out of the cedar. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 10:39 PM

I think the finish is Great! I really like how they turned out.

-- wrtnaz

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Ron Berneburg

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 01:22 AM

Thanks everybody for your thoughts-Ron

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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