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Adam Sanders

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Hey woodworkers

I'm looking for some advice for a good finish for a garden table I'm building.

The project is super simple and almost ready for sanding and finishing. The top is made from brand new scaffold boards (assuming pine) planed and joined using inlaid metal c channels to (hopefully) keep it all flat. The legs are prefabbed black powder coated steel.

Question is, what finish should I go for on the table top?

Ideally, it would be good to make the pine look a bit less cheap :D but not very dark. A light oak would be ace.

Also needs to be good outdoors all year round, provide some UV protection, durability and be easy enough to apply.

I tried a few samples of the Osmo UV protection oil before reading you're not supposed to use it on horizontal surfaces. :oops:

The samples looked nice but didn't really seem all that durable. The soft pine still looked like it would take a beating from the two little monsters, sorry, kids!

Can anyone recommend something suitable?

TIA (homer)
 

mrpercysnodgrass

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I have just made an exterior wall mounted letter box for the mother in law and used Treatex "bay" as she wanted a medium oak colour. It went on very easily and has given the oak a very nice warm colour. I think it would work well on a pine tabletop too and to get the oil on eavenly it would be best to work it well with a sponge roller. It does need 12 hour between coats so you will need a warm dry couple of days.

https://www.treatex.co.uk/exterior-oils
 

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I've been working on an old wooden boat recently, Pine on Oak frames, built in 1947.

Judging on how sound the timbers are I'd simply recommend scraping down every year or two and regular applications of varnish!
 

That would work

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custard":2sz5dxyr said:
I've been working on an old wooden boat recently, Pine on Oak frames, built in 1947.

Judging on how sound the timbers are I'd simply recommend scraping down every year or two and regular applications of varnish!
Agreed. A tin of International yacht varnish is the business.
 
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