|Forum topic by colynjames||posted 12-03-2012 05:10 AM||682 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-03-2012 05:10 AM
First of all, hello to all of you…I just signed up for an account, and I’m a novice woodworker. I’ve been lurking and checking out all the projects, and there are some terrific craftsmen and artists here!
My first real project is an Adirondack chair made from cedar. I chose cedar because of the good outdoor longevity if it’s left unfinished, but I’d like to protect it further to help it keep more of the “new” look, and not let it gray out so quickly. I’ve seen some chairs finished in a light tung oil, but my father-in-law tells me it isn’t going to last. I’m fine with periodically re-applying the tung finish, but I thought I’d get opinions on long lasting options that will keep it looking “new” for some time to come.
I have cut, rounded the edges, and sanded everything, but have assembled nothing, because I’d like the finish to be applied on every surface, including the areas that are going to be joined. Any advice on a particular finish or the procedure to apply it would be appreciated.
BTW, I am using all stainless steel screws on this project to keep potential rust stains to a minimum as well, so if that will affect any finish options, please let me know. Thanks!