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Forum topic by berlinguyinca posted 12-04-2012 05:20 AM 845 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2012 05:20 AM

hi there,

so since a while (close to two months now) I’m working on a little puppy house for our two 80lbs labrador puppies (10 months old) and I’m now at the point were I’m more or less finished with the assembly and need to finish it.

Now since I live in california it might see 3-4 months of rain and 8-9 months of sun. So there need to be some water proofing going on.

Now what kind of finish can I use, to preserve the wood (mostly fir for framing and cedar for roofing/siding), which is dog safe. They are in there teething stage and so going to chew on it and I don’t want them to get sick or worse.

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 09:22 PM

Marine Spar Varnish based on the conditions you mentioned. Cure time varies with brands.

I’d be concerned with oil finishes or stains.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:52 AM

Personally I would leave the inside unfinished. Cedar is not recommended for hen houses; not sure about dogs.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 04:16 AM

I guess you could do the inside in mineral oil. it’s used on cutting boards and never goes bad. +1 for spar varnish on the outside.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:25 AM

Thanks we actually decided to keep it completely unfinished and they are happily eating it. Maybe once they are out of their teething phase I build another one. It was kinda fun and nice to practice different joints.

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