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Posted on Finishing Aromatic Red Cedar

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 01:59 PM

I used Minwax Polycrylic on this refinish. I chose the water-based because I didn’t want to have the yellowing of an oil-based, it really let the color of the cedar show through. The inside was left unfinished. It went on super easy with a foam brush, builds quickly (I think I did 3 coats), and was easy to wet sand once it had cured. It’s been about a year and it still looks great. No issues with warping thus far. I would also recommend that you screw (using slightly oversized holes for movement) supports across the underside of the lid to keep it from cupping/warping, as unlike the sides which are all joined together, it has no reinforcement to keep it flat.

If the smell fades over time, just hit the inside with a sanding block to let the aroma out.

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