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#1 posted 08-15-2018 01:14 PM

When turning fir for outside use you want it as close to EMC as possible. That still won’t stop splitting, tear out as you turn or cracking after installation later on.

Turning fir no different than any other hardwood, mo better if talking about old growth fir and not construction grade 4×8’s. Today’s construction grade fir may contain knots and or pith and prone to splitting, tearout, and cracking later on.

Using thinned lacquer (sanding sealer) my help before turning. Painting (oil or latex base) both ends after turning could also help.

Think can over come any those problem if use the right wood filler. Could be wrong but don’t imagine all those spindles will need wood filler but choosing the right exterior grade wood filler should give you good service after installation. Before begin the project need to talk enduser about additional cost and time with him.

Selecting a good exterior use wood filler a project in itself. Here are some that might want to check reviews on: Dap Plastic Outdoor Wood Filler, Minwax High Performance Wood Filler or 3M Bondo Home Solution Wood Filler. Would definitely involved the enduser in this process.

-- Bill

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