YouTube Vlogger Uses Osmo Finishes on Garden Table
Woodworking expert and YouTube vlogger, Peter Parfitt, has been a fan of Osmo UK for many years – using its wood finishes on a number of internal and external applications. Most recently, Peter selected Osmo to protect and bring to life a little garden table.
Peter designed this outdoor table out of oak, with a motif on the side, bespoke designs on the edges and a scalloped effect on top to provide a rustic appearance. With these special features, the fact that the table will be used outdoors and that it could be susceptible to food and drink spillages, it required a high-quality wood finish.
Being such a big fan of Osmo, it was never a question of what brand to use, but Peter did have a choice to make over which particular finish to use. The grain of the wood and the effect on top needed the right tone so as to not hide any of the detail. Peter experimented with a few different colours in the UV-Protection-Oil range, including 425 Oak, 428 Red Cedar, 429 Natural and 431 Light Red Cedar, and left them over night to dry. Doing a test on the same oak he used for the table, Peter decided to opt for UV-Protection-Oil 431 Light Red Cedar.
UV-Protection-Oil has been specially designed to protect, maintain and restore exterior wood, leaving it looking in top condition. Protection of exterior wood is of the upmost importance as the colour can fade after harmful UV rays damage the lignin within the wood. Based on natural oil, it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. This natural protective finish has been produced to delay the greying effect on exterior wood due to exposure to the sun, whilst maintaining the wood’s natural aesthetics.
Having decided on which finish to use, Peter came up with strategy for applying the finish – something he does for all projects. He decided that he would start with the replaceable feet and all the sections that are easy to get to and then turn it over and do the rest. He’d then focus on the top of the table and do both sides as well, including the channels which fit to the bottom to provide full protection.
“The Osmo product went on very easily,” commented Peter. “You can apply the product in a fairly slapdash manner, but always brush it out in a nice even fashion to ensure all areas get the same level of finish. You can start by applying the finish against the grain to get it fully into the depth of the wood, but then apply it along the grain. As it’s an outdoor table, I used a brush as this allows for a more generous amount and more protection to be added.”
Peter had to be really careful around the motif to ensure no extra finish was left anywhere and that it had been spread evenly. After the first coat had dried, Peter applied a second coat.
“The Osmo application has really made the wood come to life,” concludes Peter. “I am really pleased with the end result – it looks superb.”