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        Picture of Strez
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        Had a cousin that harvested a couple of mature cedar trees for me that were cut into 5/4-sawn boards. While these beautiful boards are great for table and bench tops, I am concerned with the strength of the legs with those cedar boards being shy of 2" thick. For strength I used pressure treated 2x4's for the legs and supports - my question is can I get suggestions on how to finish the pressure treated legs and supports so that their color is not too off from the natural red cedar coloring? I was planning to finish the table and bench tops with a clear waterproof finish (varnish/shellac/polyurethane) but would like for it not to look too mismatched between the two very different woods. Thanks in advance for any help. Regards,
        Steve
         
        Posts: 2 | Registered: Jun 13, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Jaybee
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        If you want a perfect or even close match, you need to make your legs out of redwood.

        Aside from taking the stain differently, the pressure treated pine will have a vastly different grain pattern compared to the fairly smooth and almost grainless redwood. This means that even if you could find a stain color to come close to the redwood finish, the variances in the PT grain will make it look different.

        As an aside, be aware that unless you used a kiln-dried PT product, that you will need to wait several months to give the wet PT wood a chance to dry out before staining.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10424 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Perhaps you could wrap a stronger material (metal or hardwood) with the cedar to form the legs.
         
        Posts: 320 | Location: Western NewYork | Registered: Jan 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Most appreciate the info folks - an thanks for the heads up on the pressure treated stock. I had noticed it had almost a dampness to it and really had not given it a lot of thought.
         
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