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The ultimate outdoor finishcomments (17) May 13th, 2009 in blogs
In the article Torture Test for Outdoor Finishes (FWW, issue 205), one of the best finishes was the combination of a penetrating epoxy sealer under Epifanes marine varnish. Originally demonstrated by Sean Clarke in FWW issue 179, on a recent trip to see Sean in Columbus, Ohio, he took me to see a church door that he had used this finish on three years earlier. Despite having snow shovelled against it for much of the winter, the finish looked as if it had been applied last week.
I decided to use this finishing method on a bench at the New Haven Rowing Club, of which I'm a member.
|More on outdoor finishes:
• Torture Test for Outdoor Finishes
• A Durable Exterior Finish
• Wood Against Weather
I created a new profile for the support cross pieces that not only is more comfortable than a simple flat bench, but it also angles each slat to help it shed water. The bench faces southwest so the UV protection in the varnish will be given a good test, but hopefully I won't need to re-varnish it for several years.
|More outdoor furniture projects:
• A Classic Adirondack Chair
• An Outdoor Table in Ipé
• The Lutyens Garden Bench
• A Japanese Garden Bench
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