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Blog entry by learnin2do posted 06-24-2011 05:22 AM 4722 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have these wonderful slabs of dogwood, but i want to use some in outdoor benches. Is there anything i can use (indoors or out) that will keep the nice pink without neutralizing it or darkening the whole piece?

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 05:58 AM

Amazing piece….. WOW. I have built some outdoor projects for clients before and I always run into problem in which can’t make there mind up on the finish. There’s only too that I have used. One is tunn oil, and POLY.
I really don’t like Tune oil for outdoor, because you have to maintain it all the time, and must clients I have built outdoor projects don’t like too. I like the Poly because it last a long time, and it keeps the water from entering the wood, but it makes for a more shine piece , and in the garden most people like a more dull finish. That piece you have should be in a gallery…

You can try a wood seller, a poly sand seller, but make sure the finish has an oil in it, or the piece will try out with the sun.

Hope I could Help.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#2 posted 06-24-2011 07:12 AM

In my other hobbies, there are matte finish polys available. You might find something in an art supply store which will finish clear and still provide decent protection.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 03:09 PM

I think the general rules are that dark woods lighten, light woods darken, reddish woods turn brown, and pines turn yellow. A poly finish with UV blockers may help for a little while, but eventually nature will run it’s course. That doesn’t mean it won’t still look nice. I just don’t think you will get to keep the pink color.

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 03:16 PM

There are epoxies available with UV protectant, as well as spar varnishes. I’d normally say go with the epoxies, but I have a hell of a time figuring out how to get epoxy on such natural curves. Minwax apparently has a clear water based UV protective spar urethane that might be worth looking into:

Buyer beware though, I haven’t used it (though I typically place a lot of trust in minwax products), and I’m not guaranteeing it’ll work. The main point is to get some UV protection on the thing! :)

Keep it indoors as well to minimize its exposure to UV rays, and best of luck. It’s truly a beautiful piece.

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 04:39 PM

I contemplated epoxy; i have used the slow-cure on some small pieces and can reach all the areas with a brush, but i fear the shine, as Delta pointed out. I guess i need to break down and leave something on it.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 01:33 AM

Just found this blog re: the finish you wanted. This is a couple years old, how did the piece turn out?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 03:07 AM

it is fine now. i think i finally just settled on spar varnish for the walnut seat and clear coat of some kind onvthe back. it has been fine on the porch; it is in a shop now, but someone wants to buy it, sobi will find out how it is doing, hopefully this week sometime.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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