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Old 04-06-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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Can a Birch wood table be used outside on deck if treated or sealed?

I have a kitchen table in my home that i was going to get rid of because it is a little large for my kitchen. Then i thought about it as i was also looking for a new table for my deck, That my kitchen table would fit and work perfectly on my deck outside.

Its VERY strong and solid. I did not pay much for it, So i am not to concerned if the weather does a little damage to it.

Its made of all birch wood and i was wondering, If i were to buy some type of water sealer or wood sealer or anything and covered the table from top to bottom with it, Would it last outdoors thru the weather and rain? or not?

I know i can simply buy a outdoor table but i would really love this table outside, Thats if i can some how seal and protect it from the weather.



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Old 04-08-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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I see nobody has answered your post. I will give it a shot. Birch is not a durable exterior wood so don't expect much. Putting a marine spar varnish on it is better than most other store shelf finishes. Spar varnish has to be re-applied after a few years, though, because it breaks down from UV rays. I am in the process now of working with a kitchen customer on refinishing her countertop with a sprayed on epoxy coating. I am meeting with the company rep tomorrow. I will ask him if his product can be used on exterior furniture. I will add a post after that meeting.


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Old 04-08-2012, 10:54 AM   #3
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You can get a marine varnish with UV in it. That would be your best protection. Don't forget the bottoms of the legs. However I would not expect too much from any indoor wooden table outside. A covered porch would be much better than letting it get rained and snowed upon.
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In my experience with Adirondack chairs of various wood, the problem is "leaks" in the varnish. IOW, you can varnish the whole table, but moisture will find it's way in around joints, fasteners, end grain, etc. Make sure you seal the bottom and crevices, too. If the table is strong and solid, it'll probably last several+ years outside with a good coat of spar varnish or exterior paint. After all, there are plenty of houses with 50 year old pine siding that are still doing fine. Just keep them painted.
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