|Forum topic by ScottWV||posted 12-13-2014 08:14 PM||785 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-13-2014 08:14 PM
First post here. I’m pretty new to woodworking and am looking for some advice on how best to finish some Adirondack chairs I’m working on. I made myself a chair a few months ago everyone seemed to like it. So, naturally, I decided to make 6 more and knock out family Christmas presents in one fell swoop! I’ve got everything cut out, just have to sand, assemble, and finish.
The problem is, I have yet to put on a finish on my own chair and have no idea how I should finish the others that I’m giving as gifts! Although the pressure treated southern yellow pine decking that I used was cheap and convenient, I’ve since read that it probably wasn’t the best material I could have used. Doesn’t take stain well, can be pretty blotchy, doesn’t really paint well if wet (which a fair amount of the material is), prone to splitting/bowing, etc… All kinds of things that just make me second guess myself instead of making a decision.
Does anyone have any experience building/finishing outdoor furniture with this? Paint vs. stain? Maybe leave them inside for the winter and finish when more dry in the spring? I’m not expecting perfection; just a decent chair that will last at least a few years and put on a smile on someone’s face.
I’m excited to read what you all think about this and all my future projects. Thanks!
-- Woodworking beginner. I tend to over-think things.