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Outdoor White Oak Table Finish?

by Jarmo
posted 10-16-2016 10:06 PM

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#1 posted 10-16-2016 10:56 PM

I would use Thompsons water seal on it to help keep out any moisture and helps with cleanup after dinner

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 12:07 AM

try system3 spar urethane after 3 coats of epoxy. Just kidding.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 02:00 AM

Hey Jarmo,
I just completed a Sapele base to support a granite top for my neighbor and his setting is similar to yours; a concrete back porch under roof with only North- Northeast exposure. He knows I use some Festool items so he bought the Festool outdoor oil for me to finish it. I know that stuff is expensive but it was very easy to apply and left a nice appearance. It’s too early to tell how well it will hold up, though, I would use it again when my next outdoor project occurs
I was debating between Sapele and White oak but my lumber source could not get any thick WO however I was able to get some 12/4 Sapele for the legs. That lumber dealer also told me I should use an oil finish as compared to a film finish for any outdoor exposure. This stuff does not smell as if it has any strong solvent bit it soaks right in to the wood and leaves a nice sheen. Hope this was somewhat helpful. Marc

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 01:52 PM

Elements are not a problem. Oak gets better with time so I would not worry much. However… This is a dining table and grease, ketchup, wines, coffee….. leave unsightly spots that penetrate the wood.

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 02:08 PM

Try teak oil hard clear finishes don’t hold up outdoors.

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