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Forum topic by NewfieDan posted 03-03-2011 03:32 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2011 03:32 PM

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I am building a childs’ horseshoe set. Once it is completed I plan on using paint for the horseshoes themselves. The stakes are made from two pieces of 3/4 plywood laminated together. But for the stakes, that have to be driven into the ground, what type of finish should I put on?

My thoughts are that it should be some type of oil to prevent any moisture from the ground affecting the stakes. A hard surface film like poly would simply not last from repeated driving into the ground.

What are your thoughts on this?

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 04:15 PM

Are you using pressure treated plywood to make the stakes? If not, I would recommend using it. It will hold up to the weather better than anything you can do with regular plywood.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 04:14 PM

You should coat them with a product called No.10 Green wood preservative by Cuprinol. Absolutely use pressure treated lumber, then coat with No.10, then paint multiple coats of a good exterior grade latex paint.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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