Nice work. Looks pretty solid!! I don't like varnish as it ends up peeling when exposed to the elements. I would use a natural oil. You could use a decking oil, linseed oil or a specialist product like Osmo or Whittle Waxes exterior oil. These can all be applied with a good brush. You would need 2-3 coats with a light sand in between. It does need some maintenance, but in my opinion you retain the natural beauty of the timber with oils.
Thanks @She_Skills yeah ok cool that's a good suggestion as that has been my experience previously with a gate I built and stained varnished. It's all peeling off now. I hadn't thought of oils that's not a bad idea but you can't really get the same high gloss finish that you can with a varnish can you?
Has anyone used liquid glass epoxy resin before that might be able to tell me what there experience was like, is it worth the money, and does it last a long time out in the weather?
Looks good! Nice stuff (:
I haven't used epoxy resin as a finish because I'm not into shiny, but I do have a table off I bought from a yaught that's been finished that way and it still looks great. There are some very good hard wax oils which do have a gloss finish. The trick is applying multiple thin coats. The oil penetrates the timber and is not just a coating like varnish.
I have a long way to go!!!!! Great job mate, Dave
Thanks @Daves880. What do you mean you have a long way to go?
I really like this. I've been looking for something like this online and they cost an arm and a leg, so making them myself seems like a really good idea. Is there any chance of seeing drawings? In particular I'm interested in how you did the joints.
I like Meg's suggestion about using oil instead of polyurethane. Apart from anything else, you don't have to worry about smelling the polyurethane fumes, and I love the look and feel of oiled wood.
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