|Forum topic by Hopdevil||posted 04-14-2014 01:06 PM||684 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-14-2014 01:06 PM
Good morning my friends,
My son, who lives in the mountains near Nederland Colorado, is getting married this September. I live in South Central Pennsylvania. My wife and I want to make them a pair of the WoodWhisperer’s Adirondack chairs as a wedding gift. I made one previously with the guild build.
As I was riding into work this morning, it hit me what a (potential) disaster I could have on my hands. The humidity difference is quite severe, at least 20% less humidity on average than where I live. Usually a LOT drier than that. They will put these on their deck which faces the sun all afternoon and gets very hot (and dry).
So…. The last chair I made was of Sapele, and was planning on doing that again since I liked the results. I followed Marc’s advice and coated the chair with several coats of penetrating epoxy followed by marine varnish. I realize that I will be trapping the local moisture in there. What will happen to the wood and the finish when I drive it out there? Anything I can do to prevent any problems? Is this a bad idea to begin with? I know in a perfect world I could build it here – take it out there and let it adjust for a few weeks, then finish it, but that won’t happen. (although I plan to retire in Colorado in a few years!)
Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
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