I am a novice woodworker and in need of some experienced advice. I built this adirondack chair set out of untreated ponderosa pine, which i realize is certainly not the best outdoor wood to use, but it was cheap, easy to cut, and like I said, I’m a newb, so I don’t know entirely what I’m doing when it comes to building furniture anyway. So that leads me to this post. I need advice about how to finish the chairs. They will be on a covered patio getting about 4 hours of sunlight a day, but I’m in the navy so who knows what conditions they’ll be in in another 3 years. I want to stain them to bring out the grain, so painting is out. I know I need water and UV protection, but the best way to achieve that I don’t know. I don’t have a sprayer or anything, so I’d be wiping the finish on with a cloth or a brush. I was initially leaning towards a spar varnish, but the space between the slats is tight making it pretty difficult to smoothly coat everything with the varnish. I was looking at oil finishes too but I don’t completely understand the level of protection it provides. Then last night on this sight I found out about “One Time Wood Protector”, which seems like a great product, but some of the user reviews I found on the internet were a bit iffy. Lastly, there’s also products like Thompsons Water sealer… Bottom line, the more research I’ve done, the more I’ve gotten confused. Could you please give me your suggestions and please be as specific as possible concerning the actual product you would use. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!!
-- Joel Gow