I recently started getting into more DIY projects around the house and decided to make a fairly straight forward desk for my computers and monitors. This is a 3x6' desk with black metal pipes for legs.
Being my first hands on project like this, I've made plenty of mistakes and gleaned some valuable lessons from the process. However, I've noticed that the wood seems to sweat a sticky substance. I can only assume it's some sort of sap or pitch.
The desk is made of Douglas Fir planks I picked up at Home Depot. I used the desk before doing more with it and I noticed this early on but thought that sanding it down, staining, and sealing it would resolve the problem. So far, it hasn't.
- Is this normal for the type of wood I picked?
- Can I prevent the sweating without scraping the entire top of the desk? If so, how?
- What's a better alternative to Douglas Fur for a project like this?
- I am using AFM SafeCoat, Naturals Clear Penetrating Oil as my sealer. I wanted something that was food grade and this seemed like a good choice.