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Forum topic by Philip posted 09-20-2019 06:30 PM 158 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2019 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table redwood finish

We took down the kids redwood swing set and I decided to turn it into a rustic dining table. I scrubbed the boards and lightly sanded them trying to preserve as much of the character that the kids had created on them over the last decade and a half.

I do not have any experience on finishing something that is not completely smooth. It has been sanded/burnished so that it is splinter free, but there are still divits, cracks, and screw holes in it.

Looking for opinions on a finish for a semi rough surface that has some old interior latex and deck stain remnants and bare wood spots. And a finish for the top that wood make it hard enough for everyday use as a dining table.

I usually finish all my projects by wiping on General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane Top Coat and I do have a HVLP sprayer available, but have only used it a couple of times.

-- If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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#1 posted 09-20-2019 08:32 PM

Hmm. A redwood table will be really soft, so it’ll get dented easily. I guess if it were me, I’d just use some polyeurethane, or spar urethane. I suppose if you really wanted to harden it up, you could do something like an epoxy poured coating, but that may look kind of odd on a Rustic top. Just my opinion anyway!

-- Pete

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#2 posted 09-20-2019 09:27 PM

Redwood is soft wood, so you won’t stop dent/dings regardless of finish. If the texture of holes detracts from your decorating plan, fill them with colored epoxy. Can color epoxy with black printer toner, dried coffee grounds, artist acrylic paints, most anything dark brown/black would work in this application.

If want to use the table indoors, spray on several heavy coats of water based polyurethane of your choice, and keep sanding it till you smooth out most imperfections. Gemini, Target, or GF Enduro brands would all work about same as any other WB poly on softwood table.

If you want to use it outdoors, then use brush on a marine grade spar varnish; and realize you will have to sand and re-coat every couple of years.

Thanks for reading this Klutz’s opinion.
Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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