I am part way through a four summer project to sand and then re-stain the exterior of my cedar “log” cabin at Pellow’s Island near Hearst in Northern Ontario. When I started the project in 2005, I described the project in a thread on Saw Mill Creek. Then, in 2006, I reported progress in that thread. I am no longer a member of Saw Mill Creek, so I thought I would start a new thread here, describe the project, and report what was done in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Pellow’s Camp (also known as Pellow’s Island) has been in our family since the 1920s. The main building at Pellow’s Camp is a Pan Abode western red cedar “log cabin” that I built in 1976. It is partly constructed on the rock foundation of the original log cabin that my dad and his friends built in the early 1930s. That cabin burned down in 1961.
I used Solignum Woodland Natural stain on the walls and that looked quite good for about 5 years on the walls exposed to lots of sun and about 10 on the walls with little exposure to sun. So, periodically I have sanded down, then re-stained different sides of the cabin.
In the past I used a combination of a Makita belt sander and a Makita palm sander. They were much harder to use than my Festool sanders, the sanding job took about twice as long, and the results were not nearly as good.
This time around, I used Solignum semi-gloss Woodland Natural stain. Previously I used their gloss version but this time I used their semi-gloss version. The first reason for doing this is that I think that the cabin looks more natural with the reduced gloss. The second is that I hope the semi gloss stain will last longer. No one has told me that it will last longer, but I have a feeling that it will.
I will split this into posts for each of the three years that I have (so far) worked on the project.