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Forum topic by Al posted 03-16-2014 12:16 AM 1198 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2014 12:16 AM

Hello again

I just completed a project of adirondack chairs using cypress. I could leave them untreated but don’t generally care for the greying of wood furniture over time. My question is what product would be best for a clear finish and living in a four season state (CT)?

Also, I don’t own a band saw and use a jig saw for those curved cuts but I can’t seem to stop my saw from making cuts that creates beveling. I have so much extra work to do just to clean up the cuts. Any suggestions?

Thanks as always,


-- Al Meriden, Connecticut

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#1 posted 03-16-2014 12:30 AM

I too am about to finish some Cedar Adirondack chairs. I have used this, with great results. They offer tint if you want some color/UV protection.
Another idea is CPES, but a pain to apply.

Sand away on those edges.

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 12:44 AM

Jig saws are notorious for angled cuts. I have had numerous jig saws, but I have never found a way to stop it.

Any wood outside is going to be effected by the sun. Some of the deck seals will help.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 12:54 AM

Bosch blades will help (not totally cure) your jigsaw cutting problem.

I would use BLO on those chairs as it won’t crack and peel and is easy to redo (just wipe more on). I have yet to find any film finish that will stand up to sunlight.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-16-2014 03:00 AM

Use the jig saw to rough cut the pieces to size/shape, leaving 1/4 – 1/2 inch extra. Then use template and router with a pattern bit to cut the final shape.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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