Because the end grain at the bottom of outdoor furniture legs can wick up water standing on a deck or patio, you’ll have to make extra effort to adequately seal them.

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Because the end grain at the bottom of outdoor furniture legs can wick up water standing on a deck or patio, leading to premature rotting, you'll have to make extra effort to adequately seal them. Of course, end grain absorbs finish almost as well as water, so brushing on the finish will require repeated applications. Here's a simple time-saving solution that turns the wicking action of end grain to your advantage.

Place each leg in a shallow container, such as a paper bowl, and pour in finish, as shown. After a few hours, the grain will be saturated. Then turn the furniture upside down, wipe away any excess finish, and let it dry.