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Dennis
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join:2001-01-26
Algonquin, IL
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Best way to seal a picnic bench?

I got a Kreg pocket jig for xmas and plan on building something like this picnic table for my kids:

»ana-white.com/2012/10/bigger-kid···ic-table

I was originally going to use cedar and not seal it at all but I don't want it to get all rough and splintery over time. Is there any good "one step" solutions out there? I really don't want to stain and seal it but I don't want to leave it bare.

Any thoughts? I know they make stuff but looking for real world use feedback please.
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Coma
Thanks Steve
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join:2001-12-30
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How about making it out of teak and oil it every year.

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averagedude

join:2002-01-30
San Diego, CA
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reply to Dennis

I put together a "cedar" wood play set for the kids years back.
They liked it at first but 1 year in it started giving them splinters like crazy.

Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with staining and sealing but I have lots of experience with cedar splinters in little hands and knees.



norton

join:2005-08-03
Howard City, MI
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reply to Dennis

water based spar varnish is easy to use and you can put it on thick (with several coats). clean up is fast and easy - just need to rough up each coat before you lay on another.
Only better thing would be non water based spar varnish.
I have been using this on my grandfathers outdoor table i inherited years ago - it looks very nice -believe we have stripped it and redone it 2 times over 20+ years. it sits outside each year until weather turns (this week this winter).



cdru
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join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7
reply to Dennis

Do you want to keep it close to it's natural color? Or do you want to protect it from graying? A sealer like Thompsons won't prevent graying over time since UV can still penetrate it, and needs to be reapplied yearly if not more. Oils are a little more natural, but aren't all that better. A stain with build in sealer, either semi-transparent with a UV blocker or a pigmented stain are your best options to keep it from graying, but then you don't get to keep the natural color. Then there is obviously paint.

I'd personally go for a stain with sealer built in.