The most sought after wood for log furniture is Western Red Cedar. It is a fine-grained wood that is durable and very resistant to insects and rot. Cedar can be left natural or be painted or stained to compliment your interior or patio décor, adding to its appeal. Log furniture is truly one of the most in-demand and beautiful pieces of furnishing available. The fresh and natural look can add peace and comfort to any setting.
We’ve provided some of our tips for finishing your log furniture.
Leave it natural. Cedar’s secret weapon is that the wood contains oils that act as natural preservatives that help the wood resist the fungi that rot wood, and repels insects that like to eat wood. These are the same oils that give cedar its distinctive, soothing aroma. Some customers enjoy this cedar aroma and so leave their furniture unfinished seeking to retain the fresh invigorating smell. Left to itself, cedar will age naturally to a handsome silver-gray patina (with the occasional darker streak – it is a random natural process, after all). The wood grain will raise and become more prominent over time. Unfinished cedar furniture preforms best in climates that do not encourage decay, that is, areas with low humidity. A longer service life would also be expected if the furniture is kept in a semi-covered or fully covered area, such as indoors or on a covered deck.
Use a transparent or semi-transparent finish. If you’d prefer to keep the warm red and gold tones of the Western Red Cedar, there are also options for finishing the furniture. You might consider a clear finish because it helps to give cedar its most natural look. It is very important to select the finishes that are of topnotch quality – these finishes get absorbed into the pores of the wood, sealing the finish. Enlist help from a local hardware store, or call us at 1-877-822-5647.
Choose carefully. Use caution when staining, as some finishes may change a wood’s appearance due to added color to the stain. If your cedar product will be left outdoors, ensure you select a stain or finish that can endure the various elements it will endure. These finishes should be able to bear humidity, extreme high and low temperatures, precipitation, UV rays and so on. There is a wide range of stains available on today’s market suitable for finishing cedar patio furniture. Keep in mind that you’ll need a deep penetrating stain in order to preserve the wood and retain its natural beauty. All penetrating stains go deep into the wood but do not form a surface barrier. This eliminates the problem of blistering and peeling.