|Forum topic by ScrooLoose||posted 11-16-2012 02:18 PM||1712 views||1 time favorited||7 replies|
11-16-2012 02:18 PM
Good morning, All!
A buddy and I have started woodworking on the weekends (well, for over a year now) and I have a question about how to finish a table I am making that will be outside in the Louisiana weather. We have a portable saw mill and have been getting a very large amount of lumber from a tank car facility that would otherwise be throwing it away. The lumber is generally rough cut to 10” x 10” for stacking between their steel shipments, and we were told the bulk of it was white oak. We’re not sure as it is very dense, heavy wood. We have been splitting this into rough 1.5” planks, letting it dry a few weeks (as most of it is “wet” in the middle), and then planing it and building our projects. I explain all that to ask this…
In projects past I have been using outdoor spar urethane to finish my projects, but have noticed some cracking and bubbling after a few months. He finishes most of his projects with a sanding sealer, and none are outside in the weather. I have a waterproofer with a clear additive I was debating on using.
What would you experienced guys suggest for a finish on this project which will stay outdoors year-round?
-- K & K Woodworking