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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

To keep the surface appearing as raw as possible and protect against water, I would suggest mineral oil. It will not prevent any mechanical abrasion, but will look natural and non-glossy without ...
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How is playground wood treated?

The equipment in your picture may be coated with a couple coats of an oil-based, penetrating stain. Or it may be just bare wood. Cedar and redwood, for example, stand up to weather very well on their ...
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How to protect worn wooden outdoor furniture?

Unfortunately there's no product that'll really do what you want here. You can certainly add protection but everything will change some aspect of the current appearance. A good oiling (with periodic ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

Based on your comment (i.e., you're more interested in the look than the feel), it'd suggest using a matte finish. Rich Lawrence suggested a water-based poly, but I'd actually go for an oil-based poly ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

Another option to consider is wax. In this case, butcher block paste wax would be a traditional option (which is edible/non-toxic, like the wax on apples). It has similar constraints as the ...
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How is playground wood treated?

Much construction of playground equipment uses pressure-treated softwood (wood from conifer trees). Current treatment of choice is ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary) but there is also CA (copper azole), ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

While Tung, Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO), and other hardening oils will provide some protection, non-hardening oils like mineral, olive, or vegetable oil do not provide any significant protection. ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

He also covers gluing end-grain (starting at ~5:20) and suggests making a "seizing"(at ~6:00), which is basically wood-glue mixed with some water to "seize" the wood before the actual glue-up. That'...
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Leaving counterbore holes unfinished on exterior projects

You might wait until its pretty dry, and use some exterior caulk. You can fill hold B, and seal around the bottom of the stud on top of hole A. Not sure what this is for, but yes, over time moisture ...
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How to fix water damage to wooden table

What do you think happened here? It looks like the water either got under the finish and caused it to bubble up/peel or the water partially dissolved the finish, which you then scrubbed off by ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

Let me shortly explain my background on this topic. I completely sympathize with your desire to keep the natural wood look and color in wood projects. In my experience most woodworkers love the ...
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How can I remove water damage from my improperly stored slab?

Usually with any stain of this sort removing the surface should reveal pristine wood. Normally you won't need to go down that far since neither watery nor oily things penetrate very deeply on long-...
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Submerge wood in a barrel to improve it - Is my wife right that this is a bad idea?

I'm not sure this qualifies as an answer, but we might be talking about two different things here. Mills used to float logs in their millponds to minimize splitting and checking while they were being ...
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How can panels be made waterproof for exterior use?

I don't have anything specific to say about your design, other than to offer general recommendations for anything trimmed with wood that has to handle the weather. My bona fides aren't particularly ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

I used a water based polyurethane matte finish on an oak table recently. It gives a slight amber tint but is protective against water and alcohol.
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

I have use Clark's Cutting Board Finish which leaves the wood looking more unfinished that anything else I've ever used. Even so, it does darken the wood slightly (all finishes do). Like any wax, ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

He thinks that the bed slats might warp if I don't use a sealer. A 'sealer' won't make much or any difference to this once the slats are fixed in place and in use. I use quotes above because the ...
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Appropriate Lacquer to resist salt water

Check out "spar varnish". This is formulated for use in marine envirouments (a spar is a wooden member supporting sails such as masts and booms). These, at least traditionally, are oil based. Oils not ...
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Is wood glue a good sealer to prevent water/moisture leakage?

Is wood glue adequate to achieve goal? There are different types of wood glue with varying degrees of water resistance. I suppose that if you coat the substrate with TiteBond III you’d add some water ...
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Exterior Plywood that looks relatively nice

Converting my Comments above into an Answer as per a request. I was told (Baltic) Birch, but I assume that would need to be sealed. Although it's not sold to be used outdoors, if there'd be no ...
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Sealing plywood from moisture completely - for use as damp-reptile habitat

I think your best bet would be epoxy. Although it is a pain to apply on large surfaces, it will address all your concerns. It's 100% moisture proof (or as close as you can get), quite scratch ...
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Sealing plywood from moisture completely - for use as damp-reptile habitat

I'll preface this by saying that this may be a question that would be better asked on a forum of like-minded animal owners, some of whom will have tackled similar builds and they'll be able to report ...
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Protecting wooden plant pot from water damage

Would a high-duty varnish (e.g., spar varnish) be a good choice? In theory yes. In a thick enough coating (numerous full-strength coats) with no voids or pinholes, a varnish like this is essentially ...
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Leaving counterbore holes unfinished on exterior projects

On top of other concerns given in comments and answers like inevitable rot I would be concerned about your winter climate. I would be more worried about something like ice forming in those area and ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

A matte or flat water based poly will give the closest look to no finish and provide a lot of protection. I recommend Target EM9000. It may leave the wood with a little bit of a wet look. I've not ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

I've used Tung oil with good results. It is mildly protective. Keeps moisture out for the most part. If the wood is inherently soft, it doesn't do much to prevent marring though. It darkens the wood ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

You might want to consider non-toxic alternatives: You could use plastic edging, possibly reinforced with stakes. You could choose thin, untreated lumber that you are willing to have rot. This would ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

Buy pressure treated lumber. It's going to cost more than plain pine, but it will last significantly longer in direct contact with the ground, as that's what it's intended for. There's a reason that ...
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How do I prepare and take care of a wooden countertop?

Are you certain you want an oil finish? Will you be using it as a cutting board? I know a lot of blogs/websites suggest an oil finish because it's advertised as food-safe, but all finishes are food ...
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Waterproofing Wood With Left Over Polyurethane (Aesthetics irrelevant to project)

Interior varnish used outdoors will certainly work to protect wood in the short term, but I don't think it's the right way to go here. One reason is that a film finish like varnish will tend to ...
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