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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 04-26-2013 08:58 PM 1773 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2013 08:58 PM

Is there any finish that can be used to make red oak an acceptable wood for outdoor projects? I recently found some pallets that had nice big full 1 inch by 6 inch pieces of red oak. I would really like to turn them into Adirondack chairs to use on our new deck out back, but I also want them to hold up. They will be used on concrete, so they will not be in direct contact with the dirt. Just looking for some opinions. If I paint them, wouldn’t that in theory seal the open porous growth rings?

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 09:53 PM

Maybe a pore sealer and then a marine urethane?

Maybe you could build up enough of a finish with just urethane…thin it down for a couple of coats to fill the pores, then regular strength for a few coats.


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#2 posted 04-26-2013 10:45 PM

Use a spar varnish that includes UV protection, move the chairs out of direct weather when not using them, strip and refinish every 3 – 5 years…


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#3 posted 04-26-2013 10:56 PM

Moisture will get inside of them no matter what you do. The trade off of short life might be worth it because the materials are free. Only you can decide.

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 11:00 PM

Make sure that ya add some “feet” or pads that will keep the wood off of the surface to keep moisture from wicking up into the wood. Red oak is not the best wood for such use but, with carefull construction and finishing, it will be serviceable for a while.


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#5 posted 04-27-2013 12:10 AM

I just finished a patio table, the final top coat was General Finishes Outdoor Oil.
This product is easy to work with and really shows off the grain patterns, it has a uv and mildew protecter
Also, finishing another project made of Cedar, I’m using Waterlox Marine grade finish.
Both are great products.

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