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Forum topic by Tom posted 01-25-2016 12:58 AM 546 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2016 12:58 AM

This year I’m going to be removing my old fence which is 60’ of redwood boards. I’m going to plane off the “crud” that’s built up over the years and use it for…well stuff. What is the best way to finish it for indoor (storage boxes) and outdoor (tables/benches?) The Home Depot lady said to use poly…but after using it on the box I made for my routers I found that it’s not exactly what I was looking for. I had debated using Tung oil or Danish oil on the wood just to seal it and bring out the grain. When I get to the outdoor furniture I’m thinking some sort of stain followed by a water seal to protect the wood.

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 02:53 AM

Hi Ho: I have tried a number of things on outdoor redwood. We had a redwood deck at the house in Wyoming and a large redwood deck in Utah. My favorite is Superdeck. It has actually decreased in price over the last several years. I use the natural (clear) just to protect the wood and make it look good. Nothing lasts forever outdoors, but Superdeck lasts about 2 or 3 years and it is simple to use a pump-up insect sprayer to apply another coat if you don’t wait too long. Ask me how I know about waiting too long. The saddest thing I have seen is redwood with (normal?) pigmented deck stain, which looks just like paint to me.

I had some redwood left over after putting in the deck in Wyoming and have used it for things around the house/shop. I even used it in in my router table. Actually, kiln dried Douglas Fir is cheaper and better as far as soft wood is concerned, but it isn’t as pretty, and nothing is cheaper than zero dollars.

Danish oil works just fine indoors and is easy to wipe on and renew when needed. I don’t like finishes like shellac, varnish, or lacquer that build a film for something that gets hard use. It is always dinged up. Would you really ask a Home Depot person?

-- Dirk

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