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application for your bench is the driver here. topcoats like urethanes or latexes work great as sealers from water, but they are soft and flexible. probably good since cedar is so soft and will deform under load. they do mechanically protect the substrate by acting as a sacrificial element. penetrating sealers like thompsons water seal or tung oil work by ...


I'd go to the manufacturer of the wood glue you want to use before you get too far along. Titebond is popular and I've had great luck with it, in their FAQ they have specific instructions for gluing up cedar, before you finish it, due to the oil in cedar. I think most of them are pretty oil resistant once they cure, especially polyurethane, which is ...

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