Easy Plank Raised Bed Materials List ITEM MATERIALS DIMENSIONS QUANTITY Corner posts 4-by-4 2 or 3 feet 8 Long side boards 1-by-5 72 inches 12 Short side boards 1-by-5 60 inches 12 Outdoor screws Spar varnish
Stacked Raised Bed Materials List ITEM SIZE LENGTH QUANTITY Long sides 2-by-4 96 inches 4 Short sides 2-by-4 89 inches 3 Long ends 2-by-4 48 inches 3 Short ends 2-by-4 41 inches 4 Optional trellis, legs 2-by-2 As desired 4 Optional trellis, spanner 2-by-4 96 inches 1 3-inch deck screws
His research demonstrated that sealants such as acrylic, polyurethane, and spar varnish
can reduce the amount of arsenic that leaches by as much as 95%.
polyurethane-reinforced spar varnish
. I would have chosen a pure marine spar for its flexibility, but the new reinforced variety promises greater resistance to scratches and is still quite flexible.
Two coats of marine spar varnish
were applied to seal the painted surface of the totem pole.
VERNON HILLS -- Rust-Oleum, based in Vernon Hills, and The Home Depot on Thursday announced an expanded partnership of the Varathane brand that now includes the Varathane Classic assortment of interior wood stains, polyurethanes, spar varnish
, wood putty, stain markers and fill sticks, as well as a full line of Watco lacquers.
The barrel channel can also soak up some water, but all of mine have either been coated in modern spar varnish
(a combination or urethane and organic oil) or have a thin layer of epoxy bedding compound.
Basic construction is from 1/2-inch plywood, treated on the inside with multiple coats of spar varnish
. I bought steel angle iron pierced with a multitude of holes to reinforce the outside corners.
For window stools or other trim exposed to sunlight, consider using spar varnish
. Spar varnish
has built-in ultraviolet protection and is more flexible, so it holds up better in areas exposed to sunlight and water.
Technically, all resin-and-solvent mixes are varnishes; shellac is a spirit varnish--it uses distilled spirits as a solvent; spar varnish
uses a drying-type vegetable oil as a solvent; enamel is a varnish containing pigments; lacquer is a demanding finish that uses a binder made from the natural polymer cellulose derived from wood (it lets tree limbs bend in the wind) or cotton.
Kilimanjaro uses modern spar varnish
as a finish (as do a number of custom stockmakers), a combination of natural oil and urethane.
Finish the cart with a clear exterior penetrating oil or sand thoroughly and apply an exterior urethane or spar varnish
Tony's method is to strip off the old finish, sand the raw wood smooth, stain the wood to overcome sun bleaching, and then apply multiple coats of spar varnish
, his preferred finish because of its durability and appearance.