Finish for Outdoor White Oak Adirondack - oh and counter-sink holes?

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Forum topic by docspencer posted 05-04-2016 02:47 PM 526 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2016 02:47 PM

I’m about done assembling a white oak adirondack for our back deck and I’m not sure how to finish it. I don’t want to put varnish or poly on it because I know it’ll just need to be sanded and redone in a couple of years – and there’s a ton of tight places where sanding will be a pain. It seems to me that leaves 1) doing nothing and let it do its “thing” or 2) put on several coats of an oil (my go-to for WO is Watco Danish. I’m looking for opinions!

Also, I countersunk coated decking screws and am not sure whether to leave the holes or fill them. What’s a good filler material for outdoor applications? What would you folks do?

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#1 posted 05-04-2016 02:56 PM

How about cutting plugs from the white oak, for the holes?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 03:18 PM

I used Australian Timber Oil I think Cabbots or MinWax makes it, Just for the same reasons as you, it comes in a couple different shades, made for exterior use, wipe on, let set a few minutes, then wipe off the excess. It has held up for 2 years in WI being outside all year long.

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#3 posted 05-04-2016 03:21 PM

I have thought about cutting plugs. The problem is that I’m having trouble figuring out what size plug cutter to get for the #10 countersink bit I used.

I’ll check out the Aussie Timber Oil. Sounds good.

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