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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 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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to Protect melamine panel dining table from water and wear

As the Comment from @JanSpurny says, melamine IS the protection. If you think about it, if this is sold as tabletop material it should already be suitable for this application. As the PDF you linked ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

I don't know if it's okay to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove all the pencil marks on the bed slats since it uses water. And I always hear water shouldn't be used on wood. It's perfectly OK to ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

Acetone is my go to for removing pencil marks - I'm not sure why you're having trouble with it. Perhaps the builder has left very heavy/deep marks? Water is fine to use on wood - I wouldn't leave it ...
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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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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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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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Finish for MDF Worktable

Get a piece of Masonite hardboard of the same size and tack it in place (shiny side up). This will give you a smooth surface which, while not permanent, is much more durable than the MDF. It will ...
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How to finish a wooden ironing board?

I'm wondering whether I should apply a finish to the wood. Great question! I think the best place to start is with what other people have done. I did a little searching and found a few examples of ...
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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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Sealing plywood from moisture completely - for use as damp-reptile habitat

It may be a little expensive depending on how much you need, but the phenolic-impregnated WebbWood materials (webbwood.com) may work for you. When it is being made, all the moisture is removed using a ...
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Need a fireproof/weatherproof solution for fire pit table top

In short wood is not the right material for this, I think you should re-think the requirements... coming to the inevitable conclusion that metal is very likely the way to go. Every fire-pit cover I ...
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Need a fireproof/weatherproof solution for fire pit table top

Use Cumaru hardwood (aka Brazilian Teak or Golden Teak). My internet searching seems to indicate that this wood has a Class A fire rating and is as resistant as concrete to fire. This link includes ...
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Protecting wooden plant pot from water damage

You could look into using cedar fence planks, which are usually readily available in nominal sizes in your home center garden department. Much more rot resistant than pine.
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

I'm trying to picture a situation where you would see the slats in an assembled bed. Is this a bunk bed? I've made several beds and have never sealed the slats. If there's concern such as incomplete ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

I would like to add that as a comment but rep thing did not allow me (at least; for the moment). I would try an regular erase first as mmathis said. Be aware that some erasers work better (depending ...
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Appropriate Lacquer to resist salt water

You want a film finish for this and you have a few options here. The main two are varnish and lacquer, the others being epoxy and a pour-on finish as intended for bar tops. Epoxy I think you'll want ...
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Is it necessary to cover all veneered particle board ends?

No, it's not needed. You can do this because you want to (for whatever reasons, even if only for aesthetics) but it's absolutely not a requirement. Waterproofing seems to be legit case. Only ...
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