After several years of sharing space in our garage, Leigh Ann and I decided to build her an 8’ x 12’ potting shed in our back yard. I, of course, wanted to add some “extras,” starting with these two matching stained glass windows we found in a salvage shop.
Since the exterior siding will be cedar to match our house, I first made two simple frames from rough-sawn cedar boards, notching the inside of the window frames to hold the stained glass.
The rough-sawn side will be exposed to the sun and rain, so I protected it with two coats of clear Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil, which penetrates deep into the pores and brings out the rich, natural color of the wood.
The inside of the cedar was smooth-sawn, so I gave it an additional sanding before staining it with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in Leigh Ann’s choice of “Deep Ocean.”
Since it will be on the inside of the potting shed, I sealed the stain with two coats of clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish using a synthetic bristle brush.
Even though I still have some trim work to do, I naturally wanted to show Leigh Ann how the salvaged windows would look from the inside of her new potting shed.
Until next time,
If you wait until you have enough time, it will never get done.
PS – Here’s what her potting shed looks like before the siding, door and shingles.
Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.
Everyone loves to watch birds, whether at a feeder or around a nesting box. Putting up nesting boxes is a good way to attract birds year round. But as you can see by this bluebird house of mine, it doesn’t take long for unprotected boards to begin to swell, crack and warp. Before long they simply fall apart.
Last week, I picked up these two cedar bird houses at my local home improvement store. This time, however, I decided to protect the wood before I put them up.
For the first bird house, I selected Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane, which has special “blockers” to ward off the damaging ultra-violet rays of the sun while also preventing moisture from soaking into the wood’s pores.
For the second, I chose Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil. Whereas Helmsman Spar Urethane dries on top of the wood, the Teak Oil is absorbed into the wood, where it dries and hardens. It also protects the wood from sunlight and moisture.
I prefer to pour the Teak Oil into a shallow container, then brush on a liberal coat, which the wood quickly absorbs. After it dries, I will apply a second coat the same way.
I purposely did not seal the insides of the nesting boxes, as birds prefer raw, natural wood near their chicks. But protecting the outside with either Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane or Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil will ensure that any birdhouse will be around for a long time.
Until next time,
Thanks for stopping by!
Here are some tips on how to maintain a tidy work station using inexpensive items you may already have around the house.
When finishing any project with legs, first place a discarded pie pan or cookie sheet under each one. Not only will it catch any drips or runs, but it will enable the bottom of the board to soak up additional finish, protecting it against water.
DON’T SKIP THE DROP CLOTH
Sure, we never plan on making a mess, but even a little paste wax or stain can leave a permanent mark on your floor. Drop cloths provide an inexpensive layer of protection, so always have one nearby. And they can be re-used time after time!
Until our next time,
Thanks for stopping by!
A few years ago Leigh Ann and I bought this fish bench from a roadside artist, not because we needed another bench, but because we loved the hand-painted rainbow trout. Last week, however, I noticed the finish and the paint beginning to flake off under the intense sun, so decided I need to take action to save it.
I started by laying out some cedar boards on my garage workbench to create a new, simple back that I assembled with some exterior glue and wood screws.
Since cedar has a great deal of natural oil, I selected Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil as a finish, knowing it would penetrate deep into the raw cedar, where it would dry, harden, and protect the wood.
I removed the four screws holding on the fish and used them to attach the new back. Right now the fresh cedar looks obviously new, but since cedar naturally darkens as it ages, in just a few weeks time it will match the older boards in the seat.
As for my 48″ long rainbow trout, he is now hanging on the wall of our boathouse, where he is well protected from both the rain and the sun.
Until next week,
Measure twice, saw once.