I'm new to the forum and of course new to finishing wood. I'm pretty handy with a drill or hammer but in the past if it needed sanding it wasn't getting done, period. I don't mind using a drill to build stuff but sanding by hand just bores the life out of me. But, Hubby just got me a random orbit sander! Why didn't we get one of these fascinating little workers sooner!
I need help with a picnic table I have been wanting to fix since we bought our house two years ago. The picnic table was left by the previous owners to my surprise and I would love to fix it up.
Here's the poor 1/2 dismantled table. The old, cracked, paint peeling, wood bench seats are still on it but I took the top boards off. I plan on cleaning up the frame, repainting it black and bringing it back to life. It's actually a very solid heavy table when it's put together, doesn't look like much here but I know with a little work I will love it.
Ok, so we went to Lowe's and purchased:
The Table is only 70" long so these 8 foot boards will be cut down to size.
3- 2x10x8 Top Choice GDF (don't remember what kind of wood it was) for the top.
2- 2x12x8 Top Choice GDF for the bench seats.
Plus new bolts and nuts needed to fasten them down.
I really like the natural blond wood look so I'm wanting to seal it clear. The problem is, I have no idea what to use or how to prep the wood.
I've been sanding it with my awesome sander (I'm in love with this thing!) and rounding out the edges but what do I do next? Note: the board on there now I just started working on.
Please, help...what sealer would work best for outdoor use and would waterproof it against the misters on my patio? Any tips on applying the finish, do I need a wood filler or not?
I know it's a simple project but it's a first for me so any help or advice you have is appreciated. If this goes well and turns out nice I'm hoping to get more creative in the future with stains and router bits on other projects