Little free library project waterproofing

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Old 03-06-17, 03:17 PM
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Little free library project waterproofing

I'm making a little free library. Essentially a corner cabinet that I'm converting and setting on a post outside. It's an old cabinet with a hardwood front, stained, and the back of it is made of planks of wood, perhaps a 1X4 of some unknown material.

I intend to fill in all the cracks, etc, with silicone. How do I best weather/waterproof the cabinet. I'm going to put a tin roof to protect it.

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Old 03-06-17, 03:24 PM
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The door will need flashing or roof overhang to keep the rain out. Any weatherstripping on the door frame? The stain will need a spar urethane to protect it from the weather [may need to be coated yearly] Forget the silicone caulk! you want a caulk that is paintable.
 
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Old 03-07-17, 10:44 AM
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weather stripping

I hadn't thought about the door, good tip.

You mentioned having something that is paintable, what do you suggest for paint? Varnish, perhaps?
 
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If you are going with stain you'd use either a spar varnish or spar urethane.
 
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I commend you on the project. I've thought about doing this myself. I am just not a good enough carpenter to build it.
 
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Old 03-14-17, 05:36 PM
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You can do it

Tightcoat-

I'm the world's worst carpenter, but I can paint. Look around town at your antique stores - you might find a suitable cabinet like I did. I didn't even expect to find anything, and in the first store I went to, I found 3 suitable cabinets. All I need to do is a little repair, and then finish it.

Try it, you can do it.

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