I want to build a low table just under one of my windows. The window
is the sunniest one in the house. I'm concerned about the sun fading
the wood... and Colorado sun is merciless.
What would be a good choice of wood and finish for this? I might even
put some UV protective glass on the top.
I happen to have some hard maple, lyptus, and zerba wood already in my
shop, not that I would not go out and buy something else....like
What say y'all?
What about something like cherry? Sunlight darkens cherry rather than
making it lighter. If it's a coffee table type thing, some sort of
varnish would probably be a good finish. You'd want something alcohol
If you have newer windows, the sun may not be a big a problem as you think.
Many windows have a LoE coating which, simply put, is a coating of silver
which filters out much of the uv rays. More recently, some windows are even
coated with 2 layers of silver (LoE2) which blocks almost all the uv rays.
Check the glass and see if it is marked anywhere in little letters, or maybe
the manufacturer could tell you more. -dave
Phisherman, you are soooo correct but I can't bring myself to covering
up beautiful wood grain. Although I could only paint the top.
Some other ideas are emerging. In Colorado we have a rock called
flagstone. It's very flat and you can get it in inch thick very flat
pieces. The rock "stores" will cut it for you.
Another idea is tile. I have some left over from a room I finished in
my basement. I would have some wood trim to hold it but it would
minimize the amount of wood exposed to sun.
As I noted above, I have UV filters in my windows so it's not as great
a worry as I originally thought.
Thanks for the reply.
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