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Forum topic by SpottedGum posted 06-01-2016 03:50 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2016 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recycled morris chair finishing rustic


I’ve been building a Morris chair for a few months now, and still going,I need some advice on the chairs finish. The timber is recycled Turpentine from an old jetty I salvaged. It’s extremely hard and has many, many splinters. I’ve cut and planed the outer weathered surface off to expose an extremely attractive (to me) grain/pattern. Because of the splinters on the finished surface I was going to use just straight polyurethane. I’ve bought a tin of matt finish but I think it’s too shinny still and maybe there are other options to keep the splinters at bay.

I was very much inspired by dgreen50 ‘Most Expensive Adirondack Chair’ in the projects section herein and the finish dgreen50 achieved.

So I’m wondering if any Lumberjocks out there have some ideas on a long lasting attractive finish. Should I fill the gaps somehow then coat over? Because of the liberal amount of splinters and blood that’s so far been exchanged this chair will become family.

A few photos attached for ideas. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 10:17 PM

Spotted, I can’t really answer your question, but I will suggest you test some options on scrap. You can try filling the voids with epoxy, clear or colored; apply a stain or not; clear coat with a satin poly. I would only use 2 coats of poly to keep the appearance as close to the wood as possible, but that is personal preference. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 10:49 AM

Thanks Art, a common sense approach of course. So if I was to use poly do I apply to the horizontal surfaces only then turn the chair when dry and do other sides?

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 01:12 PM

If you chamfer or round over the corners, you will have a lot less splinters.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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