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Project by Terry O posted 10-31-2018 11:28 PM 472 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this coffee table using Western Red Cedar as a experiment to see whether the top would remain flat even though it was exposed to the weather. I cut long slots in the table to relieve some of the cyclical internal stresses created from exposure to the sun and the rain. I also finished the table with Watco oil which clearly states on the can that it is an interior finish. After one year the table has remained flat with the finish intact. As a bonus, the table design also allows spilt beverages to pass right through.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada





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Magnum

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 12:50 AM

Nice Experiment! I always tell people Do NOT put a Sealer Finish on anything that is going to be Outside!

A Coat or two of Oil Stain is all that is required. We use to use Olympic, but Watco is just as good.

It looks Very Nice!

Rick S.

-- Made In Ontario, CANADA

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#2 posted 11-01-2018 01:53 AM

That’s a nice looking table top. Clever use of the slits.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 11:24 PM



That s a nice looking table top. Clever use of the slits.

- swirt

I agree +1

Rick S.

-- Made In Ontario, CANADA

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#4 posted 11-02-2018 03:29 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’ll post what it looks like after year two.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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