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Osmo Panels

On the exterior of our showroom and warehouse we have large handmade wooden panels with wall sconces mounted to the brick façade of our building.  These panels both illuminate the outside of our building, as well as show off our hardwood products as well as our handcrafted woodworking techniques.

The panels are made of 3″ exotic Australian Jarrah wood.  We chose not to stain them initially (to let the natural color shine), just applying a finish of Minwax Helmsman Urethane for Outdoor.  The panels are in direct sunlight in eastern exposure for  most of the day.  In addition to this, they also endure the conditions of our brutal Chicago winters.  After 3 years the panels needed to be taken down and be sanded, stained and completely refinished.  From the “Before” photo, you can tell 3 years really took a beating on the panels.  From this point we searched for a finishing solution that will last much longer in the extreme outdoor conditions.

The “After” photo is showing the panel sanded down and finished with 4 coats of Osmo Deck Oil, in color: Bangkirai Dark with UV protection.  Osmo Decking Oils protect, maintain and beautify the wood surface, producing a smooth slightly satin-matt finish which is extremely water resistant and dirt repellent.  The microporous finishes are based on natural vegetable oils and allow the wood to breathe and helps regulate the moisture content reducing swelling and shrinkage, the finish will not crack, flake, peel or blister.

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Below are the panels installed on the façade of our building.

 

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All of this hard work is truly a test.  We will keep you updated yearly as to how Osmo’s product stands up to the elements and time!

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