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Forum topic by Lemongrasspicker posted 01-19-2017 02:29 AM 566 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2017 02:29 AM

Apologies for the noob question

I am working on a project for my little apartment back porch and I have some doug fir I’d like to use for it. Just curious if this wood is something I should prepare any particular way before I use it, it’ll be outside 100% of the time and I just want to ensure longevity and stability.

Also what do you recommend on finishes? Danish oil?

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#1 posted 01-19-2017 02:34 AM

As for a finish, what is the purpose of the wood? Difference between a set of stairs and a mail box.

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 02:36 AM

I should’ve specified that I apologize for not doing so.

It’ll be a workbench, primarily a saw bench since I can’t very well have massive amounts of dust building up in the apartment annoying the wife.

If it matters it will be in the shade most of the day, but it will be exposed to the elements and such

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 02:42 AM

OK, looks aren’t that important. I would seal it with Thompsons water seal. Probably 3 coats. Will seal and protect from the weather and the sun. I like to put the Thompsons into a pump sprayer and apply heavy .

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 02:57 AM

If it’s Doug fir exposed to the elements I’d give it two coats of primer and 2 coats of a good industrial paint. Otherwise you’ll be treating it every year.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#5 posted 01-19-2017 05:38 PM

Lyn on the Darbin Ovar channel on youtube has most of her power tools in a carport. She builds tables and benches for them all and has mentioned that she finds paint to be the best finish.

They are outside 100% of the time (Oregon, I believe) but are not subjected directly to the elements. The carport provides a roof and some walls to protect them.

Check it out. I believe it’s one of her Q&A or shop tour videos.

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#6 posted 01-19-2017 07:07 PM

Can I ask why Douglas fir instead of some sort of new composit material?

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#7 posted 01-19-2017 10:57 PM

JCamp, the doug fir just what I have lying around, and I need to use it to make space in the apartment

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#8 posted 01-20-2017 01:07 AM

Is the porch covered? Will it have at least some protection from the rain and sun? If not, it won’t matter much what kind of finish you put on it. It will weather pretty quickly regardless, especially the horizontal surfaces. If you can keep sun an rain off of it an exterior grade semi transparent stain like you would use for wood siding or a picket fence may be your best bet.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 01-20-2017 01:23 AM

...and maybe a cheap Harbor Freight tarp and a couple of bungee cords to cover it.

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#10 posted 01-20-2017 01:35 AM

Lemon would using some composit (or cedar or a plastic bench) for a bench an then the fir for projects? That’s the last time I’ll mention it cause I don’t want to come across as nagging If your set on doing it with the dougless fir u might explor building a take down bench Or at the least mayb build one the same size as a grill an buy one of those grill covers to put on it. Post some pics to the projects section whenever u get it built so we can steal ur ideas. Lol. Good luck

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#11 posted 01-20-2017 12:50 PM

JCamp, the composite is actually a fine idea, you’re not nagging at all. I do like the idea of a take down bench as well. I seriously doubt anyone would want to steal my ideas haha! But I’ll post it up when it’s finished. If it’s a take down bench I think like you mentioned cedar might be a bit better, I think it’s time for a trip to the local hardwood supply to see what’s available.

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