|Forum topic by BenBen||posted 02-12-2011 10:26 AM||2526 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-12-2011 10:26 AM
I’m a woodworking enthusiast but have not built or finished any outdoor furniture (other than stuff like cedar steps that will remain unfinished).
The harvest table is a simple and rustic design but will be a large piece (12’x40”) with a couple of freestanding benches. Its size and design will really show off the character of the wood. I’m trying to source the wood now and will likely use white oak (but ideally reclaimed redwood if it’s available). I’m in Ottawa, Canada with four seasons ranging from extreme cold winters to hot sunny summers and plenty of rain in between. The table will remain (covered) but outdoors in the winter.
From what I’ve found/read to date, there’s no clear consensus that any hard finish will hold up well for over a year or two when exposed to these elements. So that brings me to my two questions:
1) Is there a clear varnish (no clouding/greying/etc) that will hold up to Ottawa weather for 4-6 years at a time?
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.