I picked up a small folding wooden bench a few years back at a local
antique flea market. It was made new, not old wood. It has been ideal
to put outside on the covered patio and put away in the winter.
I don't remember what the finish was on it and the maker is no longer
at the market. I believe it is made of cedar. (When it dries, I will
snap a photo.) It's a 1.5 a** bench.
I thought cedar oil was used originally but the stuff still selling at
the market is resotration oil. So I am trying to decide what to use on
it now. It will be used in-house but occasionally go outside if an
extra seat is required.
What finish would you recommend? Since it was originally oiled with
something, I would like to stick with that theme and keep the natrual
look of the wood. I would like it not soak into clothes or pose toxic
problems inside for kids or animals.
All thoughts welcome and appreciated...
Finally got this folding bench cleaned and sanded. I picked up some
tung oil but haven't put it on yet. Since this bench is going to
remain indoors now, I am hesitant on finish. Wish I knew what was
originally used on it.
Anything to be wary of since I don't know the original finish?
I suspect it was oil of some type.
It's not a spectacular bench but it is strong, steady and useful.
Figure it will last a long time once I get it completed.
On Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:55:21 AM UTC-5, Casper wrote:
it on yet. Since this bench is going to remain indoors now, I am hesitant o
n finish. Wish I knew what was originally used on it. Anything to be wary o
f since I don't know the original finish? I suspect it was oil of some type
. It's not a spectacular bench but it is strong, steady and useful. Figure
it will last a long time once I get it completed.
I doubt you can go wrong with your tung oil, "tung oil" ~~~> even if the pr
oduct is a blend of ingredients. Later, if you want something different, s
imply lightly sand and apply whatever else. Spar urethane discolors to a
yellowish hue, over time, so that might not be a best alternative choice.
redwood. I concocted a finish not unlike the Maloof chair finish: equal
parts of BLO, tung oil, floor poly, and mineral spirits. Winter is
spent inside which is about 4 months. Otherwise they are exposed to the
elements, albeit in a shaded area. It has been 5 years and I am told
that they should have the finish reapplied. So far so good.
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