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Forum topic by snowdog posted 11-17-2008 03:34 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2008 03:34 PM

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I have an old rocker, it is probably not worth $5 but I am repairing it. I took it all apart, all the glue joints were dry and loose. I have sanded it all down and cleaned up as much of the glue as is reasonably possible from the joints.
I want to keep it on my front covered porch, not in direct weather but it is not closed in.

My Questions:

1) Glue – Is Titebond III the correct choice?

2) Finishes – What do you suggest for an outdoor rocker that will see light duty indoors when the house is full of people (thanksgiving, Christmas and the like), Shellac, spar varnish , poly?

As always, any suggestions are truly appreciated.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 11-17-2008 03:57 PM

Tite Bond III is more water proof than than II but I think you could use II in the conditions you described. A good UV protective varnish/poly should be OK.

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#2 posted 11-17-2008 03:58 PM

I applaud your choice to renovate the old rocker. There is character and charm in older pieces that is difficult to achieve in new pieces.
1. I would think Titebond III would work, although you may want to consider a poly glue, I believe Titebond has a product, but there are several. These would withstand the damp weather.

2. As far as finish, it may depend on the wood. If the wood is not open pore (like oak) you could use an oil finish. For durability, Watco has an ‘Outdoor’ finish and Waterlox has a ‘Marine’ finish available.

I have used spar varnish on the wood slats my outdoor grill and it performed well, although it was not a ‘show piece’.

Good luck on the rocker…I would like to see it when finished…I am currently refinishing an old rocker (inside variety) that I will need to cane the seat.


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