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danoaz

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05-30-2013 01:27 PM

Novice here – See photo of red oak garden bench that I built for my wife. We live in Phoenix and this would go under some shady pine trees in our backyard. Need help with a recommended finish. Thinking of using Watco Danish Golden Oak because I like that natural-ish wood look. What do you think? And really debating hard about putting any clear sealer on it. I hesitate because of maintenance of it possibly yellowing, cracking from drying out, but I wonder if the protection is warranted. My neighbor saw the bench and immediately said, “Birds are going to love that!” Errrrr!!!! Still working on joinery on the top because I changed my design once I put it together. Suggestions would be appreciated – thanks in advance.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright


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verdesardog

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 01:29 PM

go ahead and stain it if you want, then put some spar urethane over that. Spar varnish is softer than regular and will not crack with age, it will protect the wood …..

-- .. heyoka ..

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#2 posted 05-30-2013 01:41 PM

A good BB gun will help with the birds.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 01:59 PM

Keep the legs off the ground ‘cause red oak will “wick” water like crazy. I know…..Arizona, but just the same.
Looks good.
Bill

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danoaz

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#4 posted 05-30-2013 02:08 PM

@verde – Haven’t used that product. Will certainly look into it – Thanks.
@crank – Wife is a animal lover – sort of why she keeps me around – go figure.
@Bill – Yes, I was thinking that too. I was considering copper to cover the bottom and wrap around and up about an inch or two. Thanks.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 02:40 PM

Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Don’t overwork the decision.

-- 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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Bill White

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#6 posted 05-30-2013 02:56 PM

If ya install the copper, might wanna use some silicone sealer caulk after the finish is applied. Don’t want ‘em standing in a “cup”.
Be sure to post pics upon completion.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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danoaz

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#7 posted 05-30-2013 05:17 PM

@Bill – Yep – I had thought of the silicone too. Have learned a lot of what not to do on this project. Will do pics when done.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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