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Turkey Tracks: June 17, 2020

The Porch

I replaced the porch furniture this spring.

These cedar chairs and the little table are locally made by an Amish business. They will endure our winters and will not have to be carted to the upper floor of the garage for the winter.

And the best news: the brown tail caterpillar infestation has stopped (until a rehatch in the fall) so the fabric cushions can go out for the summer. (I already had the cushions from the old chairs.)

One of the old chairs and the matching table were rehomed to a friend. The other old chair had to go to the dump landfill, sadly

Written by louisaenright

June 17, 2020 at 8:59 am

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  1. Very nice looking & sturdy chairs. Hope you are doing ok.

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    Rosemary Pilkerton

    June 17, 2020 at 11:03 am

  2. Those are terrific chairs! Cedar will naturally weather to a light grey if untreated. You can keep them looking bright by applying some teak oil to them now, on a warm sunny day. My dad was an “industrial arts” teacher and made furniture for our home. His recipe for a finish was teak oil and bees wax, melted and brushed on. I followed his recipe, reapplied it to an oak trundle bed he built and it was amazing how the oil/wax soaked in to the wood and has protected for the last 20 years. Bees wax was hard to find, so we substituted Johnson paste furniture wax. I used a metal coffee can and an electric warmer serving tray to keep the oil/wax warm and fluid while I “painted it on.”


    June 18, 2020 at 9:10 am

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