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post #1 of 7 Old 11-02-2016, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Finish for a bench that will get wet daily

Finally got roped into getting a hot tub for my wife. Took her 26 years to turn me into a pool boy but, it makes her happy so I'm happy too. I have already make a coat tree for her towels. Now she wants a bench to sit on while she towels off and dresses after her soak. I have the design but need advice on the finish. She is the kind of person who turns off the shower and steps out with water still running off her body so the bench will get wet - real wet.
I thought about making it out of cypress and leaving it bare wood but she wants the wood sealed (splinters is her concern). If you were making this what finish would you use?
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Maybe use the cypress for the structural portions, then use a composite material for the seating surfaces. No finish required and no splinters.

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Epifanes spar varnish maybe? Good UV and water protection.
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A good choice of wood for your bench if you build it out on of solid wood would be eithe Cypress, Teak or White Oak. These woods will all take a lot of wetting without causing a problem for many years.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Normally a marine grade spar is used in this situation however if the bench is not exposed to temperature extremes an oil based polyurethane would be just as good if not better. The spar is formulated to be more elastic to expand and contract with wood being outdoors in the sun.
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The bench will be in the basement with the spa. Winters are too cold here for an outdoor spa.
I mentioned the idea of a composite top to the wife. She seemed intrigued by that idea but I know she would prefer wood. Several coats of poly on cypress just might be the winning combination. I'll run that by her tonight.

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Use Ipe instead of Cypress-no finish required and is very stable but a bear to cut.
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