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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 12-17-2014 10:23 PM 1384 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2014 10:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question cedar finishing sanding modern

So I’m getting all excited about a table project I have coming up. I’m going to do an outdoor table with the shou sugi ban treatment. (Google if you want to learn more) I will be using cedar since it’s traditional, but also because it’s a patio table. Has anyone even done Shou Sugi Ban, and even if not, what would be a good clear sealer for an outdoor table to protect it. I know cedar doesn’t necessarily need it, but I’d like an extra amount of protection to it.

Also, in case nobody has tried this, it’s a blast. The grain pattern pops on any wood with the slightest amount of heat from the torch. I will definitely be posting the completed pictures.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 12:16 AM

Sounds like “Thermally Modified Wood

Very old process now being revived.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 01:17 AM

I think what you’re talking about is quite a bit different. Shou sugi ban literally burns the outside the varying degrees. Creates a solid black char if done all the way.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 03:49 PM

Don’t mean to revive an old post but did you ever try the Should Sugi Ban? Considering trying it on some plaques I make.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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