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Forum topic by lynng posted 04-10-2013 10:48 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lynng

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04-10-2013 10:48 PM

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 04-10-2013 10:58 PM

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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#2 posted 04-10-2013 11:29 PM

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 04-11-2013 12:09 PM

White acrylic roofing cement. KoolSeal brand

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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BigMig

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 04:11 PM

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 04-12-2013 03:16 PM

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 04-12-2013 05:09 PM

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

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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 06:59 PM

Great looking!

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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