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Forum topic by Insagent posted 06-22-2012 02:07 PM 952 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2012 02:07 PM

I need some help. I am using some some 45 year old yellow pine to make a butcher block counter top on my patio. It is 21 inches wide and about 18 feet long 2 inches thick. Here are my questions:

1. Should I attach it to some outdoor plywood to keep it is from pulling apart?
2. What would be the glue?
3. What is the best marine varnish and how should i apply it?
4. Thought i could run some all thread about every 5 feet any thoughts?

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 04:53 PM

anything you use outside will turn yellow..warp and wrecks havoc on exposed woods.. a good spar varnish like McClosky’s man-o-war spar is a good choice, but it yellows horribly.. a good marine varnish will help preserve it but it will eventually break down.. I would use either a good poly-urethane or a type 3 glue that’s water or moisture resistant ..

Old pine is soft and will take dings and nicks easily thus breaking the seal the finish has and water will get under it and turn black and ugly.. if you restrict the movement of the wood buy securing it to will crack as well, If you use the all-thread..make sure you allow for seasonal movement to expand and contract.. also if you can keep it covered and dry during seasonal changes..that will prolong it’s life as well..

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 04:26 AM

Waterloc is your best bet.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 05:04 AM

I use TiteBond III for exterior. Polyurethane glue is plenty water resistant, but doesn’t hold nearly as well, at least not to my experience.

Keep the table dry and it will survive a lot longer. Yellow pine is not the best choice for outdoor, and butcher block is definitely not a good choice either. If you enjoy it is what counts most, but know what to expect.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 08:10 AM

Look for a varnish with good UV inhibitors, like Epifane.

-- Rick M,

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