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Forum topic by jahelmie posted 07-20-2012 09:20 AM 1249 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2012 09:20 AM

OK, this may be a stupid question but I will never know unless I ask. I built this really cool looking bar out of trees that I chopped down. Not huge tress but about 5 inches around. The bar looks sort of like a log cabin.

Now although it looks good and its sturdy enough to drop off a 2 story building (exaggerating) I was told that it will not last long because it isn’t treated wood.

Is there anything I can do to it to make it last longer? I really don’t want to put a gloss finish on it and it’s virtually impossible to put a coat of anything on it in all areas because it’s already put together. But if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it. I would like this to last for a life time if possible and I know it was my fault, I should have researched this topic before building it. But I want to do something to it fast but I want to keep the original look it has now which is all natural.

I don’t want any gloss or anything just the look of tree bark. Any advice would be awesome! Sorry if this is a stupid question I am just getting into wood working and this is my 4th project but favorite so I definitely need it to last long.

Thanks in advance!

-- I build bars using wood that was thrown away

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 09:30 AM

Not enough information…how about some pictures.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 12:50 PM

Were the logs dried before you assembled them? I agree with Lee, I think some pictures would be a great help.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 02:20 PM

Is it outside? How about a picture?

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 05:01 PM

If it’s inside then it will last forever, provided the bugs don’t get to it. While it’s still wet wood I would recommend getting a borate based product (available at most woodworking stores) that can be applied with a sprayer. Borate gets into the wood and kills bugs that try to chew thru from either direction, as well as molds. It also states itself to be non-poisonous and is invisable as applied. And it’s not at all a dumb question, maybe just unusual, and don’t most of us sometimes do unusual things? best of luck with it.

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 08:35 PM

Dang it people. This is just another SPAMmer.

If for some reason you’re not a one, read about treatments for the type of wood you’re using for rot and insect resistance and then look for products that protect against the elements like rain.


-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 09:23 PM

Hey Moss, pretty sure I am not another “SPAMmer”. You have some issues. The reason I hate posting in forums and asking questions is because of people like you. Would you like me to remove my signature? Would that make you feel warm and cozy inside? I have just started making bars and I am trying to work a full time job and make a blog of the work I do. I like to share my work with everyone. When I get time I will be posting more of my work on my blog. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO SEND YOU PICTURES?

Do you need some proof of some sort? Would you like me to enter in some recaptcha? Here ya go – “Jx 0 ilk joke”

I don’t care about my signature on here. I will delete the darn thing. It’s people like you that need to stay away from forums. Please next time try not to judge someone before you know what’s actually going on. I appreciate your help. I have just started building things and I am sooooooo sorry that I offended your life in some way where you actually had to waste five minutes of your time to tell people I am a spammer rather than spend that time assisting me with my work.

Thanks for your advice everyone else and to you MOSS – Thank you for your help as well.

-- I build bars using wood that was thrown away

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 10:15 PM

Post a picture. It will help everyone to see what you’re actually using. Lots of questions can be answered by seeing the item

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 07-21-2012 07:34 PM

pretty sure I am not another “SPAMmer” – jahelmie

Sorry for the accusation, but your post is exactly like a known SPAMming technique that is very common on this forum. Here’s the signature:

1. New member
2. Low post count
3. Ask how to do something
4. Have URL in signature that reflects the nature of exactly what they are asking for. Example (100% made up by me):
Post by IamTheBandsawMan “Does anyone know where I can get bandsaw blades?”
IamTheBandsawMan’s signature “Bandsaw blade retailer – visit me at :”

So, if you can’t understand why I accused you (but still offered you advice), sorry. Since I was not completely certain, that’s also why I was cautious enough to list what you should do to treat your problem.

Doss, Moss… that must’ve taken a long time to think up.

As for your recommendation of me staying away from forums, you’re out of luck. You’re stuck with me whether you like it or not, but since I work on the type of projects you’re asking about, it’s probably best that you are.

Moving on, the types of products I recommended are usually used on fences and decks and should work fine for what you are doing. It’s probably going to be a two part system (1 treatment for rot and insect protection, 1 treatment to seal the wood and protect (there are plenty of good brands to choose from)). You’re not going to want to use anything like polyurethane or most inside treatments as they might not hold (depending on the conditions the bar will face). Most are designed to make a shell around the wood… that’s not really a good thing for outdoor furniture that may see a lot of expansion and contraction.

Hopefully the wood was really dry when you put it together. Maybe a year or so of initial drying. If not, I hope you used some really strong fasteners or really strong joinery. To apply most of these treatments (sealers, rot/insect protection), you usually have to wait until the wood is dry. Worst case, until the outer wood is dry (drop some water on the wood and see if it absorbs it quickly).

Post where you live and what types of environment the bar is in (covered, sunlight, rain, coastal air, temperatures, etc.).

I hope that helps.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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