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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 01-17-2020 05:22 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2020 05:22 PM

She wants to make it splinter free.for the kids but wants to pretty much keep the bench looking the same (no stain, paint, or poly). Do you think this bench is splinter free (based on the pictures) or is there something I can use to make it splinter free that won’t change the way it looks? Thanks

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#1 posted 01-17-2020 06:41 PM

No way I would accept a job under the direction of “splinter free and dont change the look”. Impossible. You can make it less likely for a kid to get a splinter by using abrasives in certain areas, but not “splinter free”.

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#2 posted 01-17-2020 06:49 PM

Could put on some old sweats and sit on it and move around side to side over all areas. It will be splinter free…


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#3 posted 01-17-2020 07:13 PM

I don’t see any splinters now but her request seems impossible. What age kids are we talking about and how will the bench be used? She would get the same essential visual apperance if you gave it several coats of exterior poly finish which would seal any potential splinters. Use a satin to avoid a shine. However if is it left outside in the elements the finish will only last 2 to 4 years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-17-2020 07:21 PM

It will be put in a mudroom

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#5 posted 01-17-2020 07:32 PM

Possibly explore with the client if a protective clear coat would be acceptable. On those seat slats I see a lot of distressed wood, given time, those are splinters to be. A good clear coat could lock them in, plus it would add the advantage of a smoother feel.

But I am also of a mind if this got away, it wouldn’t be a staggering loss.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 01-17-2020 08:22 PM

That bench screams “come here and get a splinter or four”!

+1 Impossible commission:
Old weather worn bench, and no new finish, but has to be splinter free. Just say NO!
Add clear coat(s), repair/repaint with distressed finish for same look, or walk away.

Thanks for asking LJ for help with another Patrickgeddes14 commision project….

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#7 posted 01-17-2020 08:42 PM

Your welcome

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#8 posted 01-17-2020 09:12 PM

Wipe it down with cheesecloth/tackcloth to snag any splinters, file the edges, call it done. Kids need a little suffering.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 01-17-2020 09:15 PM

The first thing I would do is get a test kit for lead paint. If it comes back positive give it back to her. If it is lead free tell her,in order to make it splinter free you are going to have to sand it down and that will change the look. If that is not acceptable give it back to her.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 01-17-2020 09:52 PM

Couple of dips into a vat of Epoxy should seal it up?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 01-17-2020 09:57 PM

1. Check out for lead paint
if free of lead, then
2. renew mechanical fasteners
3. remove all loose wood/splinters, sand
4. fill splits/crack/voids with epoxy [several application may be necessary]
5. apply 3 coats of Poly U no-gloss ( OR if gloss, then 4 coat and then knock down the final coat with #0000 steel wool or use 1000 grit paper)

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#12 posted 01-18-2020 12:09 AM

I would simply hang a sign above the bench reading: Splinter Free. In the hopes that we do create our own reality.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#13 posted 01-18-2020 12:30 AM

You start early wildwood?

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