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Forum topic by MattyMattAg posted 12-16-2014 05:15 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2014 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar question finishing rustic

I have some old, worn aromatic cedar that was originally used as a large pergola. I have kept it stored in my shop, off the ground, for about 6 months.

I decided to cut some of it up and make a rustic frame for a large magnet board I am giving my wife for Christmas. The pics are below.

My question is this… for safety (bugs, chipping, etc), should I seal it or am I okay to leave it raw? If I leave it raw and clean it, I’m thinking a good rundown with a wire bush will do the trick. If I decide to stain it, should I just use Poly, or should I use something else? Thought about doing a combo sealant I saw online… 1 part Poly, 1 part Mineral Spirits, 1 part Tongue Oil.

Thanks for the advice!!

-- If Jesus was a carpenter, what better profession could there be?

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 10:21 PM

Bugs shouldn’t be a problem in the wood. The aromatic oils keep them out. You prob. should clean the outside or seal it to keep it from “shedding” in the house.

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