Wood Against Weather
The right product and good techniques will keep your outdoor projects from falling apart
Synopsis: When it comes to outdoor furniture, you have to decide how you want it to look over its lifespan and how much time you’re willing to invest to maintain that appearance year after year. You can leave the wood without a finish or you can choose a glossy topcoat. In this article, Jim Tolpin discusses resistance to rot, long-lasting protection, and gloss retention. Side information covers adhesives, fasteners, water-shedding construction, and other defenses that will make your outdoor furniture last. There’s also a detailed discussion of how to prepare the wood surface and how to apply exterior varnish and paint.
With the time and effort required to construct a piece of outdoor furniture, an obvious question is what finish will protect it from the sun, rain and cold. The answers range from doing nothing to spraying on a coat of catalyzed linear polyurethane, the same stuff used…