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Forum topic by lynng posted 373 days ago 723 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lynng

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373 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: sealing port orford cedar

I built some adirondack chairs using port orford cedar. I would like to seal the end grain on the bottom of the legs so they do not soak up water and rot. What is the best product for this application. Thanks is advance for your advice.

Lynn

-- Lynn, Trenton Maine


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scotsman9

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#1 posted 373 days ago

Oil and alkyd resin, can be used over the entire piece. However, this will prevent (delay) silvering if that’s the look your going for.
Many other options, I am certain, will be offered.

Good Luck, How about a pic?

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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shampeon

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#2 posted 373 days ago

Port Orford cedar is, to me, the best smelling wood I’ve ever encountered. Just wanted to say that. I’m a little surprised you got some all the way over in Maine. It’s pretty rare here in Northern California, not too far from its native habitat.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 372 days ago

White acrylic roofing cement. KoolSeal brand

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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BigMig

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#4 posted 372 days ago

there’s an interesting article in Fine Woodworking this month about wood selection for outdoor projects AND build techniques for outdoor furniture. Only scqanned the article, but I think he says unfinished allows the wood to dry out – whereas sealing ends might keep moisture inside.

Just a thought.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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lynng

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#5 posted 371 days ago

Here is a picture of one of six chairs. I’m not looking for a natural look. I intend to stain the chairs with an oil based penetrating stain. The set of chairs I am replacing were purchased and made from pine. There was considerable rot at the leds from soaking up ground water. I wanted to do something to prevent that with this set. I was thinking of treating the endgrain where the legs contact the ground with a heavy coat of epoxy or Enviorntex after I stain the chairs.

-- Lynn, Trenton Maine

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tenontim

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#6 posted 371 days ago

I coat mine with polyurethane glue. Epoxy should work ok, too.

-- Tim

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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 371 days ago

Great looking!

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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