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"western red cedar" finishing

by joea99
posted 10-26-2018 03:58 PM


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Phil32

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 04:28 PM

Perhaps your search needs to be expanded. It is not clear where “around here” is, but you should be able to obtain cedar sufficient for your project.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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joea99

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 04:45 PM



Perhaps your search needs to be expanded. It is not clear where “around here” is, but you should be able to obtain cedar sufficient for your project.

- Phil32

Mid NY state. There is plenty of supply, it is just “fresh”. I have seen that, indoors anyway, it will darken over time. Since there is a time constraint I went ahead with what I could get, but am not really pleased with how light in color it appears now that it is installed. So I am looking for a way to darken it up a bit.

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joea99

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 10:18 PM

I guess I should also ask if most would bother to finish the cedar at all?

Spar urethane was going to be a choice and my test pieces show some darkening just from that, it might be sufficient.

But I guess most people choose cedar for its natural unfinished appeal.

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lumbering_on

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#4 posted 10-26-2018 11:43 PM

You could use some Danish oil. It will darken the cedar, and then you can use poly or lacquer. I’d just suggest you use a small test batch to see if you like it.

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