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Hatefly

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59 days ago

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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 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

+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 59 days ago



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 59 days ago

That’s a nice looking bench.

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Hatefly

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#6 posted 59 days ago



That s a nice looking bench.

- TiggerWood

Thanks man.

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JBorfair

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#7 posted 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

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. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Hatefly

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#9 posted 58 days ago

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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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 58 days ago

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.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Richard

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#11 posted 52 days ago

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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