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Forum topic by patware73 posted 10-10-2014 06:22 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2014 06:22 PM

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Got a 12 inch x 12 inch oak block which has been sat outdoors at a lumber yard for 5years. The guy said it shoul be pretty dry on the inside but obviously the outside is soaking wet from the rain. I want to use it indoors as a tv unit. Am I able to varnish is or oil it despite it been wet. And is there any risk of any rot forming taking it into a nice warm house.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 06:35 PM

Wait until it dries before applying any type of finish.

I wouldn’t work about it starting to “rot” in a warm house.


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#2 posted 10-10-2014 06:45 PM

By dry do you mean just the surface or does the whole thing need to be completely dry which would take years! Based on how big it is. I figured if I leave it till the surface is pretty much dry and then use some sort of wood oil rather than varnish as somebody told me this would allow it to breath and carry on loosing moisture rather than trapping any in. Would this work do you think??

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 06:48 PM

Drill some holes where the bottom will sit on the floor and give it some time to dry before finishing.


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