Incense cedar finishing question

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Forum topic by pjr1 posted 02-16-2015 07:10 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2015 07:10 PM

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I bought some 4/4 incense cedar for some rolling barn doors I plan to install in my master bedroom. They’re rough sawn and I want to keep that rustic look and smell but I want them to be preserved as well. What kind of finish or preservative should I be looking at? Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-17-2015 02:54 AM

any preservative or sealing will block the aromatic odor. Leave it unfinished to retain the odor but then the color will fade quickly.

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 03:15 AM

The odor will go away after a while no matter what. I live in a log home i built with red pine and a lot of eastern red cedar for hand railings. I dont smell the wood anymore. Oil based poly will retain the fresh cut red look.

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