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Question Western Red Cedar Finish?

Almost completed the box I'm making to keep our family photos in but I would appreciate some advise on what finish would be best. I began this photo box using 3/4 ply but dismissed that idea after the router bit caused the worst tearout you've ever seen so I went with WRC & it looks beautiful.I could not buy a proper "strap clamp"so I used a ratchet belt instead & it worked out fine.Will post photos when it's done.Thanks in advance, James.
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I've used Formby's tung oil on my cedar and like the results - depend on what you what it to look like - shiny, matte? Waterlox is another favorite and adds a harder, shinier finish which a box could use if handled a lot.
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I’ve used Minwax tung oil and got good results. Tung has a little varnish in it so it is slightly shiny. I’ve also used the other Minwax oil that doesn’t have varnish and it works well too but is a duller sheen. You can also put urethane on it if you want.
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Just about anything that that will give you a seal coat to protect the photos from the wood.

I always thinned my first coats, which soaked in, then finished up with straight coats.

Some claim cedar and poly fight, but I've never had a problem. Friends owned five six cedar mills, so I used a lot of Washington cedar.
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Thanks for the replies fellas,& just what I wanted to know.The WRC I am using is old & really dried out so will take quite a few coats.It is also very soft & dents easily so a finish coat to harden it is also needed as suggested.Tung oil with a little varnish sounds good, but can a product similar to Estapol be used as a top coat to harden surfaces?Thanks again, James.

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It looks like the estapol is water based and tung is oil based so I would say no. But if you can find some marine spar varnish it should be oil based I think so it should work over tung oil.
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Thank you Charles.
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Polyurethanes - spar or otherwise - tend to be a soft finish, compared to something like Waterlox that makes a nice smooth, Easily repairable and hard finish. Might need to seal that cedar up first to minimize absorption of the finish.
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If you want a hard high gloss James try 2 part estapol 7008 normally used for floor finish
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@pal .Thanks Harold.Who could ever forget the TV ad which had a pure white horse walking around on the floor of a house just treated with Estapol.I used 2 coats on the floor of a brand new house years ago & it was fantastic. James.

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