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02-03-2017 11:51 AM

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Good morning guys, I’m building an outdoor farm table using some really old douglas fir beams which were salvaged from a construction renovation. They still have the original old saw blade marking in them which i’d like to maintain is it ok to only plane the one side to get to a more desired thickness?? I know its not the ideal but I’m thinking after 90 yrs this wood is as dry as it going to ever get.
Second when building the top would you space the boards to allow water to go thru or glue with Titebond 3?
Lastly my plan is to finish this using Watco oil and then a water sealer like thompsons. Does this sound like a good way to proceed? I know this won’t stand up to the weather forever but its what my Niece asked for. Thanks for any input,Pat

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 04:54 PM

The finish you describe will not withstand any significant exposure to the weather. I’ll let others comment on your first two questions and also make recommendations on a possible solution to your finishing question.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#2 posted 02-03-2017 07:38 PM

Will planing one side let moisture in?

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 08:22 PM

I build tables from 100 year old barn boards.
The first one I glued the top five boards together. I used bisquets to align them while I glued it.
Built it outside in cooler shop.
Moved the table inside my apartment where it is very dry !
The two outside boards stayed togethe. The middle one all the glue let loose ….
Mt next table I am not going to glue any boards. just use a mortise and tennon on breadboard ends.
and the old fashion method of dowel pins. Holds the boards aligned, lets the boards move in different humidity conditions.
The watco Oil is a good idea for color
I might look for a marine grade urethane for the finish. Outside the moisture isnt the problem. The UV rays from the sun kill the finish more than anything.
Good luck with your build. Im sure others here have more info. for you.

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