Just bought an antiuqe park bench..My ??? is what can I use as the slats instead of oak.?
Oak is expensive,, I need 5 ft. X 4 in. and 5 pcs.
Pine I think is too soft and would crack or break sitting on it.. How about birch ?? or popler ?
OR any other stiff ridged wood..???
???? no. 2 is There an oil or something I can help seal the wood before painting it with oil-based paint ??
Like watco oil,,, or linseed oil or something..I would like to condition the wood before the final oil-based paint.
I've done it before,,,just with oil paint and within a year of sitting outside it begins to crack.. Most likely where the old wood grains were,,so I thought some kind of conditioner would help,,maybe even a thinned down varnish to fill the grain ...
Any help would be app. sodi