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Today my mom's sister came out for a visit, and I had no outdoor table to serve lunch. I'd been searching for one for a long time, but either I didn't like the table, or it was metal top, which our last experience proved that after a rain storm or two, it leaked rusty water all over the place. I swore off metal after that.

So we ended up at Menards (which I won't be going again for a long time, but that's a tale for a different day.) We found a Table by Backyard Creations with Acacia Hard Wood top. My question is:

Looking up the wood, it says to use wax or oil on it yearly, to keep it out of full sun, direct heat (vents, etc) and no harsh chemicals for cleaning. Now I have the minwax wax, natural color, but not sure if that's what I should use on it. The table looks really nice, but it definitely needs something.

Recommendations? Ideas? And if not the Minwax, what should I get? There was one site that recommended Teak Oil or Howard SunShield Wax with UV Protection. While the table wasn't a fortune, ($300 for the table alone, or $500 for the set with the matching benches) It really is a nice looking table, and I'd like it to last for some time. I'm sick of buying outdoor furniture; tables in particular.

Here's a picture of the table, taken from the Menard's site. The site that I got the recommendation for the wax was homegenerosity.com (on my phone. Can't find it from my laptop when I did a search from here.)
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Ok am I understanding this correctly, you bought a wood table , and your a woodworker?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate

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Ok am I understanding this correctly, you bought a wood table , and your a woodworker?
I found that to be a harsh reality to acknowledge but unless you have access to Acacia (I don't), what's a woodworker to do?! Pretty table. I can't see leaving wood furniture outside under any conditions and would be bringing it inside until needed outside. Folding designs are valuable for that purpose - just my $.02...

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My own preference, if it's a choice between wax and oil I would use oil. Instead of varnishing the teak on my boat, I teak oil it once a month...even over the winter. It looks more natural and don't have to strip it every time a small dent cracks the finish. There aren't enough UV inhibitors in wax or oil so some use a spar varnish but I don't like the look. I'm sure you wouldn't need to oil every month but maybe a year is a bit long. If you decide on oil I would do it more frequently than once a year. Check out "General Finishes" Outdoor Oil (linseed, but check the label first for compatibility) as it does contain some UV inhibitors and VOC's (petroleum distillates).

If you can, move it to a shady area when not in use...cover it when it rains but don't leave it under plastic (condensation when the sun comes back out)...soap (Dawn) and water cleaning, nothing harsh that comes out of a bottle...every little bit helps...

Nice table...looks good.

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Get a grill cover or something from HF and keep it covered when not in use.
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When I was reading your post and you said "So we ended up at Menards", I thought you were going to say you bought materials to build a table so I envisioned a beautiful well-built table with carvings in the corners or a fun rabbit-shaped table.

I agree with using oil instead of wax and also agree that it should be used more than once a year. If it will be left outside I would try to oiled it every 2 months or if you see that the elements are drying it then up that to once a month.
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Get a grill cover or something from HF and keep it covered when not in use.
It actually came with a cover, John, and we have it covered, although it's under my pergola, which has a uv cover. I'll post a picture of it, after we move the plywood back inside the workshop. (we're putting up a couple more pieces of wall, and since Shawn is here, we're gonna put up a couple more pieces of ceiling. He can help me hold up the piece while Ken is securing it to the rafters.)

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My own preference, if it's a choice between wax and oil I would use oil. Instead of varnishing the teak on my boat, I teak oil it once a month...even over the winter. It looks more natural and don't have to strip it every time a small dent cracks the finish. There aren't enough UV inhibitors in wax or oil so some use a spar varnish but I don't like the look. I'm sure you wouldn't need to oil every month but maybe a year is a bit long. If you decide on oil I would do it more frequently than once a year. Check out "General Finishes" Outdoor Oil (linseed, but check the label first for compatibility) as it does contain some UV inhibitors and VOC's (petroleum distillates).

If you can, move it to a shady area when not in use...cover it when it rains but don't leave it under plastic (condensation when the sun comes back out)...soap (Dawn) and water cleaning, nothing harsh that comes out of a bottle...every little bit helps...

Nice table...looks good.

Watco Teak Oil? When I was doing my own investigation on it, it was saying to make sure the oil or wax is for hard wood, and I'm not the most knowledgeable on the species.

The first warning was to keep it out of full sun, and our deck is all day sun, since we moved the pergola two weeks ago. So, it's under the pergola, in front of the shop, where, even in the middle of the day, it's protected.
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When I was reading your post and you said "So we ended up at Menards", I thought you were going to say you bought materials to build a table so I envisioned a beautiful well-built table with carvings in the corners or a fun rabbit-shaped table.
Mike you have my side aching.... "bought materials to build a table..." you're funny!!!! To build a table would require precision and fancy rabbets, or whatever, and I can't do them. I was actually trying to find one of those resin style, that looks like stone; they were at Menards' last year, and I liked this one in particular, but I was waiting for the clearance. Well, it never went on clearance, and all the other tables were a metal with stone squares, or metal made to look like wood.

The picture shows the type of table, but it was rectangular. I think it would have been okay in sunlight. Oh well. I like this table, I just need it protected. You can tell it hasn't been oiled or anything; it has "scratches" from being in the box. Haven't gotten the benches, yet; I was more worried about getting a table for yesterday.
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Ok am I understanding this correctly, you bought a wood table , and your a woodworker?
lol Rick, yes, you understand that correctly. I can't do precision cuts like that, or the joining it would take. Not to mention, the cost to go to an actual lumber yard to get wood good enough for a table would be more expensive than I was willing to go. More economical this way, at this point.
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