FairCape Woodworks is closing for the month of December to enjoy time with family and change out our shop equipment.
We hope you have a great holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!
The easiest finish option for your furniture would be to leave it in its natural state. The Western Red Cedar will weather over time to a silver gray color like any cedar house shingle would. The grain would become more prominent over time and small end checks may appear. There would be very little maintenance required, perhaps a wash off from time to time. If the piece is located in a shady damp place it may mildew over time however this is easily eliminated with a spray with a 10% solution of bleach and water for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinsed off. Aside from being a light but strong wood it also repels bugs and is rot resistant so it is not necessary to protect the wood with any sealers or paint.
If you prefer the furniture to be colored with a transparent stain to enhance the grain of the Western Red Cedar we have found that a product called "Ready Seal" works well. It is simple to apply and will not lap, run or streak giving you professional results. It is available online and comes in seven shades, 'Golden Pine', 'Light Oak', 'Redwood', 'Natural Cedar', 'Mahogany', 'Pecan' and 'Dark Walnut'. This product, like any finish exposed to the sun and the elements, will require maintenance. You will find that it will need re-coating annually (maybe more frequently in very sunny climates) however there is no preparation required other than washing off and drying prior to application.
We have also used "Thompsons Water Seal" which is readily available at your local hardware store.
The solid color furniture option is perfect if you wish to match your house trim paint or just want a splash of color. We are using a "Sherwin Williams" product for the solid color finish called 'Porch and Floor Enamel'. This is a water based product with high durability designed for wooden or concrete decks and floors. Two coats brushed on usually gives a good finish however there are some colors that are more transparent which may require a primer. White is a classic option but due to the leaching of the tannins in Western Red Cedar it is necessary to first prime to prevent discoloration. There will be additional charge if we need to prime prior to applying your chosen color.
There will still be maintenance with a colored finish but not as frequently as with the transparent finishes. Depending on how well the furniture is cared for it should be possible to get a few years of life before the finish will need redoing. Then it will take a light sand and a fresh coat to bring the furniture back to its former glory.
These instructions for the assembly of our Furniture pieces are supplied with each item we ship. The assembly requires a screwdriver that can hold the supplied square drive bit and a 9/16" wrench (used for the chair carriage bolts).
The Adirondack Chair ships in a box 36" x 24" x 12" weighing 32lb.Adirondack Chair Assembly Instructions.pdf
The Adirondack Rockers are shipped in the same box as the Adirondack Chair.Adirondack Rocker additional assembly.pdf
The Adirondack Glider Base Ships in its own box.Adirondack Glider additional assembly.pdf
The Garden Bench ships in a 48" x 24" x 12" box, weighing 46lb.Garden Bench Assembly Instructions.pdf
If you have a problem with an item of our furniture, please let us know so that we may assist you in finding a solution. Here at FairCape Woodworks we endeavor to create products to the highest level of quality and durability at an affordable price, however working with wood is not always predictable so we appreciate any feedback so that we can continue to improve our range.