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Forum topic by LumberjackPatches posted 03-19-2014 04:56 PM 557 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2014 04:56 PM

I recently came across some old cedar support beams that are from the 1920s. I have re-purposed them to make a desk top that I will attach to existing legs.

My real question is, what type of finish should I use?

I would like a hard finish to write on, clear, and semi gloss.


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#1 posted 03-19-2014 05:10 PM

Get a scrap piece and seal it with teak oil, wait a few weeks and apply oil base poly see how it comes out and whether it meets your desire.


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#2 posted 03-20-2014 12:38 AM

You may have to use a pour on epoxy to get the hard surface you want as cedar is pretty soft.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 01:24 AM

+1 gfadvm. AKA bartop epoxy.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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