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Treating an external potting bench

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madra

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I'm about to treat an external potting bench made of rough sawn timber. I'll use wood Preserver and then an external oil.

The question I have is that where some of the slats are screwed together, particularly where two notches were cut out to fit around the legs, there are gaps between the two pieces.

I was wondering should I fill these in in some way before oiling? Or just drip plenty of wood preserver into this gap?

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AJB Temple

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I would tend to regard potting benches as consumable items, especially if kept outdoors and made out of non-durable wood. A life of 5 years max. Preservative may add a year or so to the life, but by their nature they are frequently wet and dirty.
 

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I hope to get more out of it than that, going to re-oil it every year and I also added a roof over it with roofing felt and made sure the legs are not in direct contact with the ground and it's in a semi-sheltered spot
 
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