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Forum topic by FireFitzy posted 08-07-2012 11:22 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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FireFitzy

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08-07-2012 11:22 AM

Hi Everyone,

I’m hard at work on my second project, a rustic cedar table for the cottage.
I’ve created a 55” table top so far, with a 15” leaf to slide in when extended.
I acquired some old Cedar Fence boards that had years of paint and stain on them. After stripping the boards down a bit, I finally reached that beautiful cedar.
I’m going to use a satin clear sealer on it to finish it off, but I was wondering, should I condition the wood first? Keep in mind, I just received my Charles Neil conditioner…

My ideal plan, is to keep the wood looking natural, but a bit of a wet look so that the colour and grains come through.

Any and all help is appreciated.

Thanks

P.S. Once completed, I’ll post pictures.

-- Brian - www.dnrapparel.ca


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FireFitzy

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 03:32 PM

Seriously? no help for me out there?

-- Brian - www.dnrapparel.ca

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 03:37 PM

Ive got real experience on using cedar but ill gladly throw ya a little bump.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 07:04 PM

Conditioner probably will sink in and you will never know you put it on there after a day or two.
Agree with Katdaddy, you need a nice, thick gloss coat that will put that wet look on.
If you must condition, Minwax has a stain called “Natural”. You can see the bottom of the can when you open it, but it will put a beautiful color on your cedar, and you can follow that up with a gloss poly.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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