I want to paint my house name on a piece of stained wood to hang outside. If I paint it as it is, there's a risk that the paint with leach into the wood grain. I want to seal the wood with a clear sealer and then paint the name. Are there any recommendations for a clear treatment?
I want to make a garden bench with planters at each side. That seems straightforward. However I want to make a backrest on the bench which will either fold down or slide down when not in use. How can I do this so that it's sturdy enough to take the weight when leaning back against it?