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Forum topic by mtsoviet posted 10-22-2012 03:28 PM 471 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2012 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench finish dry timber finishing dried out wood

I recently purchased a couple of pieces of timber salvaged from a deconstructed building in Chicago and plan to make them into indoor benches. Both are roughly 12”x12”x9’. I’ve given them a good cleaning, but I’m not sure of the best way to finish them. My main concern is to bring out their rustic nature, but I also want to protect them so they’ll be around awhile. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 03:33 PM

I would think that spraying some sort of finish is going to be the best for you. Id go for some lacquer in a rattle can unless you had planes on finishing them nice and smooth.

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 03:38 PM

Easiest thing to do would be oil, Danish or Boiled Linseed. That will keep from adding a film or shine that would detract from the rustic nature. Some fine sandpaper to smooth out the roughest places will help keep splinters and scrapes from the resident posteriors.

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