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Yesterday I finished turning a 12" x 8" vase-like hollow form in a chunk of very dry aromatic cedar (a donation from Katrina). I sanded it now from 60 to 800 grit and I now ready to apply some finish. What finish is recommended for cedar? We don't plan on using it for food. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

 

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I use a combination of orange oil and beeswax on cedar. Brings out the color of the wood, provides a mild shine, and plenty of protection. It's non-toxic and also smells good.

I use it extensively on red cedar turned birdhouses. If you want to seal it, you can even apply Mylan's friction polish over the top of it with no problems.

You can make your own mix, but you can buy it cheaply in quart squeeze bottles at Home Deport or Lowes.

Nice urn BTW
 

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Note: Sometimes aromatic cedar will contain natural oils that interfere with the proper curing (polymerization) of drying oils such as linseed oil and pure tung oil.

For aromatic cedar art objects, I like to seal the wood with dewaxed shellac then use top coats of wiping varnish.

Eastern Red Cedar is plentiful here in Kentucky. Most of the local cedar furniture craftsmen I know are using spray lacquer for finishing.
 

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I use poly on mine but it detracts the red of the aromatic cedar turning it to a tan color.
So if I may ask a question? What do you use to keep the bright red color. I like the look with poly but would like to do some with the red. I have about a 1000 bf of aromatic cedar. So I would like to be versified in my finishes.
 

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Regardless of the finish, aromatic cedar will turn brown with time; especially in sunlight.

Many of the waterborne polyurethane finishes will dry almost clear.
I know several cedar artisans that are using this kind of finishing product.
 
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