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Forum topic by fire77aa posted 07-25-2014 01:14 PM 2933 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2014 01:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip cedar finishing sanding rustic cleaning wood

Hi everyone im extremely new to any kind of wood working and finally have a little time to start on some personal projects. anyway I acquired a good amount of 2×6 and 2×10 deck wood that has that older look to it that I really like. some of the wood is raised and other pieces are smoother and I noticed some pieces had some grease caked on to it where im assuming they had a grill above it. my neighbor is a carpenter and said he would help me build a bar with it but I wanted to prepare the wood before he helped me build. I wanna keep that raised older wood look to it and maybe seal it with some sort of semi gloss to protect it, it would be kept inside a screened in patio however I was told by a friend that I needed to clean the wood extremely well with tri sodium phosphate and not sand it or else whatever sealer I use it wont stick to the wood, but im worried ill damage the wood with chemicals. I need advice on the best way to clean it or prep it and the best sealant to use when were done building, I was told to use bartop epoxy for the top but what about everything else since the epoxy is pour on only? Please help!! sorry its so lengthy been looking for answers but responses with google are limited haha, and finally decided to join a forum. Thanks for all who respond!!


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#1 posted 07-25-2014 01:23 PM

Do they have paint or anything on them? I assume if no paint, then sealer had been used. You can use poly for the top and the rest,

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 02:11 PM

the majority of them don’t have paint, most of the boards seem old enough to where it wasn’t resealed over time, What about cleaning the wood so the poly will stick?

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 02:14 PM

Thank You for the response @mrjinx007 !!! Ill go with poly as a sealer, thinking of what to seal with has been a huge part of battle for me hahaha.

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 02:25 PM

I would take a piece, cut an end off and take a look at what’s inside just to make sure it’s not treated wood and, secondarily, to confirm it looks like cedar.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#5 posted 07-25-2014 05:32 PM

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#6 posted 07-25-2014 05:33 PM

Those are two different pieces I cut in to. Any thoughts on exactly what wood it looks like

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#7 posted 07-25-2014 06:31 PM

I would pull old “girty” out and belt sand it within an inch of its life!

Only way to make sure you have a good surface to start from. I would never plane something that rough and full of potential dirt debris.

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#8 posted 07-25-2014 07:53 PM

I recycled the cedar from my kids’ playground. After removing the hardware and nails, I just run it through the rough planer (has chip blades already) and call it good (couple times through at the last setting). Save the good planer blade for fine work.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#9 posted 07-25-2014 08:20 PM

Pressure wash it!

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 03:14 PM

Well, if not exactly cedar, it looks darn close.

The end grain looks cedary and the peach fuzz around the cut are symptomatic.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 11:49 AM

Thanks timbertailor, hhhopks, joeinga, and mike. Y’all have been a huge help with this. I am definitely going to try and learn as much as I can from everyone at this site.

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 01:33 PM

Sandblasting will give you that raised grain look.

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#13 posted 08-06-2014 11:41 AM

That’s looks pretty nice.

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 02:21 PM

Keep us posted on your project progress! Have fun.

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#15 posted 08-06-2014 03:09 PM

Definitely, I’ll be taking progress pics

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