|Forum topic by kingfishbc||posted 01-07-2011 07:09 AM||2752 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
01-07-2011 07:09 AM
Well I’ve moved (up, down, over or on) from some Shaker style outside benches, some finished with polyurethane “spar” varnish and later models with Waterlox tung oil spar varnish, to messing around with the “cedars” (Northern White and Western Red, really cypresses, and Aromatic Red, really juniper).
I’ve created a set of exterior furniture; a chair (influenced by one I saw at a landscape shop in Portland, OR), and matching side table (16” high) and utility table (think TV table, 2’-3” high). I have completed the set in Northern White Cedar and have the necessary Aromatic Red and Western Red for a set of each in those species. I have photos of the completed pieces – I’ll try to get them up here shortly.
Anyway, I LOVE the way the pieces look freshly completed, sanded up to 220 grit, but I know they won’t stay looking that way. So I’m casting about for ideas about finishing the cedars in a way to give them good protection for an outside environment, but also in a way that will retain as much as possible of their newly created appearance.
I’ve experimented a little with a scrub-on/wipe-off treatment of Waterlox exterior sealer on scraps of the Northern White, and I am not altogether unhappy with the result, except it’s a little glossy. I have some exterior polymerized tung oil sealer coming from Sutherland Welles with some specific instructions for a non-glossy exterior finish and I am excited to see how that turns out.
Then I thought…Wait a minute, how about all those Lumberjocks – I’ll bet there’s a Bakers dozen of those folks out there who have struggled with this self same question about exterior clear finishing “cedar” and have forgotten greater conclusions than I will reach. So respectfully I ask, are there some ideas out there??
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