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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 08-25-2015 11:38 PM 973 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 11:38 PM

Hi Lumberjocks,
I’m about to throw together a coatrack using this piece of driftwood I found and some railroad spikes. Just wondering if I should bother with any finish on the wood. Do you think I should oil, poly, something else or just let it be natural? I’m not sure. Help me decide!

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 11:56 PM

It depends on your taste. If you want to keep natural, then a clear oil. If you want a sheen, then poly would due. Maybe a matte finish.

Poly or shellac will darken the wood. Best to experiment on the back for the desired effect.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 05:01 PM

Poly is best for cleaning it down the road, but will take numerous coats to fill all the cracks. I’d leave it natural though and just take it down and wash it once a yr. Or use the oil to make it pop and you can still wash it and oil it yearly. Trying to dust rough projects is a real bummer, you spend more time picking off pieces of your rag.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 05:04 PM

I’d leave it.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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