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Hatefly

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07-01-2014 08:34 PM

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Hello all,

So I have completed my most complex project – A slat bench. I’m super green at this wood working skills and have next to no tools aside from a few saws and some wood sanding blocks. so yeah…

I have managed to get this thing looking really nice. It currently has about 4 coats of Danish Oil on it right now and I was wondering what next? I was thinking of maybe putting a coat or two of Johnson’s on it, but I am not sure if that is suitable for a bench.

Will paste wax work for benches, or something else work better?

P.S.

This might go outside (I’m in a mild climate though)


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Richard

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 08:37 PM

If it is going outside put a couple of coats of Poly or spar varnish on it. I would think Wax might make a bench a little slippery to sit on.

P.S. —No photos it never happened. :)

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Earlextech

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 08:50 PM

Once it has fully dried any poly or spar varnish would do well.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 08:50 PM

+1 on a more durable finish for the seat. If you can’t spray, general finishes Arm-R-Seal is a great wiping varnish.

Wax never touches any of my projects.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Hatefly

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 09:03 PM



If it is going outside put a couple of coats of Poly or spar varnish on it. I would think Wax might make a bench a little slippery to sit on.

P.S. —No photos it never happened. :)

- Richard

Sorry about the photos, didn’t know I could upload yet :) Ignore the mess back there…

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TiggerWood

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 09:58 PM

That’s a nice looking bench.

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Hatefly

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 10:48 PM



That s a nice looking bench.

- TiggerWood

Thanks man.

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JBorfair

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 04:29 AM

Very nice bench! I recently did one in redwood, and used a spar varnish as spar is supposed to be the best for outdoor use.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 10:00 AM

Spar Urethane. Regardless of mild climate, you have sunshine and rain. Be sure to recoat it regularly.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Hatefly

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 01:38 PM

Thanks so much everyone for the info, compliments and advice, Spar Varnish it is! I’ll be sure to post the completed project when it’s done.

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 01:53 PM

Nice job, and notwithstanding previous advice, you already put enough stuff on it. Don’t garf it up with varnish, which will just run and sag in the slots without adding any real weather resistance. Let it weather, and if it starts to show, re-oil it.

-- 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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Richard

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#11 posted 07-08-2014 08:11 PM

Ok it did happen. Very nice job on the build . and as clint said you might want to skip the varnish unless you put on multiple light coats to prevent drips and sags. As for the mess , it looks normal to me .

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