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woodstuff

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Recently, I had to remove a mature oak tree from my yard. I split the trunk in half with a chain saw and I am going to use the pieces for benches. I am wondering if anyone has ideas on a finish for this bench.
Thanks in advance
Tony

-- Woodstuff Houston Texas


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#1 posted 1067 days ago

I can tell you not to use polyurethane. I used a supposedly Helmsman outside poly and a couple of years later, I have serious black areas, almost like a mildew. Oak has deep open grain and can attractive and be problematic. One other aspect of oak… it has tannin in it so if you drive or screw metal fasteners into it, they will bleed black streaks.

I’ll be watching this post to learn about protecting this beautiful wood from the weather. Sorry I wasn’t much help, but thanks for the post. I’m sure some LJ have the answer for us!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#2 posted 1067 days ago

Bernie, thanks for the heads up!! I thought about using boiled linseed oil. Just not sure it will dry properly.

-- Woodstuff Houston Texas

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#3 posted 1067 days ago

I also think that a marine spar varnish would be the way to go.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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