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John Smith

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#1 posted 06-19-2018 06:52 PM

if not protected from the harsh UV and weathering elements,
cedar will eventually turn gray and the grain will open up allowing
water to infiltrate the wood to the point of no return.
you may not be able to have the “look” you want without some sacrifice:
1. ~ is to apply several (5-15) coats of UV inhibitor varnish and keep it covered
when not in use. and, apply a new coat each and every Spring.
2. ~ treat it like you would with any wooden lawn furniture with an oil finish
and accept the reality of that is just the way it is with wood and forget the “wet look”.
no matter what process you decide to go with, it will be a yearly maintenance item.

there is a very specific regiment to achieving and maintaining the perfect glossy finish.

if you are looking for something to apply just one coat and forget it ~ there isn’t one.

I have a piece of knotty cedar here very similar to your table and will try a couple of coats
to see how it preserves the look you are thinking of – stay tuned.

in the meantime ~ go ahead and route the edges and do all the finish sanding
and apply several coats of clear finish of your choice to the underside of the table.
if you are going to have benches, do the same with them.
then when someone suggests a finish you may like, the top will be ready for that project.



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