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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 09-23-2015 04:00 AM 876 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2015 04:00 AM

When I think of finishing redwood, I go for my brush and stain. This coming fall I will start constructing a mendocino redwood bench for my Uncle and Aunt for Christmas. I am wondering what other options I have out there in terms of finishing the wood. I like the nautral look, and I want the grain to be exposed and visable. What about a wax paste or spar varnish? Durability is a huge issue as well. Thanks- Andrew

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 01:03 PM

A clear finish like something they use on boats. There are inks you can use to die the wood.

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 01:50 PM

how exposed will the bench be to the elements – - especially direct sun?

Epifanes is the go-to for a lot of outdoor projects, including making entry doors, and finishing railings on boats. So that would be my choice.

If it is pretty sheltered I might lean more to a oil like Waterlox marine finish

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