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Forum topic by joea99 posted 10-26-2018 03:58 PM 404 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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joea99

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10-26-2018 03:58 PM

I’m putting up an interior railing, with 4×4 posts, 2×4 for “runners” and powder coated aluminum tubing for “balusters”.

The only cedar I could find around here was either a few pieced of darker “old stock”,, not enough for the whole job, or new pallets which are pretty light colored for my taste. Not to mention they stand out compared to the flooring and some of the trim.

So, the question becomes, is it advisable to stain or otherwise treat this new cedar so as to darken it a bit? I do plan to use a “spar urethane” to finish it, when all is said and done.


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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!

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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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#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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#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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