Outdoor Table - Best Seal?

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Forum topic by GreenIsle posted 12-31-2020 07:03 PM 336 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2020 07:03 PM

Need some advice on how to best seal an outdoor table ive made. It’s just for out the back of the house for our own use so something practical is fine. Doesn’t have to look too fancy.

I used pressure treated wood and now need to think about what to put on it to seal it. A neighbour recommended cabot timber seal. But is this a good seal that will last? I figure it will have to be reapplied, but how often?

Any tips?

Thanks, M.

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#1 posted 12-31-2020 10:50 PM

I don’t know that there is a “Best” anyway I like this stuff for outdoors. I use it on my deck and outdoor BBQ Table.

In the picture of the BBQ table the 4 corner post are pressure treated lumber and the rest is cedar. As you can see the stain will be darker in the pressure treated material. The top is plywood covered in stainless steel.

You are not going to find anything for outdoors furniture that last forever. With a good deck stain like this reapply every 3-5 years.

Use it on my deck too,

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 01-01-2021 12:56 AM

If this was “fresh” treated wood it is possibly still wet (inside) and needs to dry out for a while before coating with anything.
A processed Tung (not raw it takes to long to cure) or boiled Linseed oil is about as good as anything. If you want to add color then get a deck stain/sealer. What you don’t want to use is anything that creates a top coat finish (varnish, lacquer, varathane) because it will break down in a couple of years and will be a pain to strip and re-finish. With an oil or deck finish mentioned by AlaskaGuy when it gets shabby looking you can use a deck cleaner/brightener on it, a little sanding, and add more oil. If left outside that will be about every 3 years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-01-2021 11:55 AM

AlskaGuy, LesB, thanks for the help.

I’ll have a look for some of that Sikken wood stain. In the pictures it looks great on your table.

That steel table top looks great. Nice work.
Is the cut-away to hold a bbq unit of some sort?

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