|Forum topic by yellabret||posted 498 days ago||1290 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
498 days ago
i make slab/live edge furniture, mainly for myself and family and am starting to sell a few. lately my finish of choice – due to ease of application and appearance of a quality product – is an optional base application of danish oil, the dark if i want to stain a light colored wood, followed by General Finishes Gel Topcoat. I really like this stuff as it is wipe on/wipe off, no drips, runs, and it seals open grain woods quicker, 4 coats as opposed to 8 if not using a sealer.
so now i want to make a slab park bench for my daughters wedding this fall, have all the guest sign it, then finish it and deliver it to its permanent home on their front porch. my choice of wood will likely be some cypress i have had stacked and drying for some months now, for two reasons – it is the lightest colored wood i have so the signatures will show up well, and it is lighter and will be easier to build and move. just for fyi – the seat will be 4” thick and 6’ long, with the back and sides/legs being of 2” stock from the same tree, joinery mainly of large mortice and tenon with lagscrews for deep support.
so now the $million question – where to begin on the finish? i am so far thinking of taking another board of the same tree, doing the requisite sanding, writing on it with sharpies and paint pens, then applying various finishes and see if any combinations stand out as really bad by smearing the writing etc., then subjecting it to the summer of heat and sun to judge durability. i realize this pales to the many years i intend for this to last, but theres not much i can do about that.
any suggestions as to the finish? the bench will be outside on a covered porch out of direct sun and rain, but exposed to the extremes of central Texas weather ie. heat and humidity. would the GF gel topcoat work? will it yellow with time? any suggestions of the best finish for this purpose is appreciated. again, i like the gel, but if something like Waterlox marine poly would perform better then i can do that. this is my daughters wedding so obviously i want to make a quality product that will stand the test of time…...
also, what color changes can i expect from cypress over time? i also have some pecan, but i know that will turn orange and brown with time.