Oak porch posts?
I am remodeling the front porch and would like to cover the existing posts with 1 x 6 rough sawn oak to simulate the look of old oak beams. I would also like to add large (4 x 6) oak braces.
The areas will be covered by deep eaves, but still outdoors.
What type of finish (if any) should I use? I want it to look old, but at the same time, I don't want to replace it in 2 yrs either. What type of shrinkage should I expect? This will be uncured, rough sawn lumber.
Thanks for your advice