First Walnut Table HELP ME!!!!!

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Blog entry by nattnaifeh posted 02-26-2010 11:44 PM 1056 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a Walnut table top I have put attached to the frame. What are your thoughts for a finish, what should I use. I don’t want to worry about water spots or something warm being put on it and the finish peeling up. This is really far out of my league I have never built anything like this I just need some great advice please!!!!

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 11:52 PM

I like water based clear poly. It shows off the grain and, with several coats, is very durable.

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 12:12 AM

With walnut you really do not have to do a lot to bring out the beauty of the wood. If I were doing this I would sand to 180 and apply an oil base wipe on poly. Poly will not be affected by chemicals or water.

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 12:16 AM

if this was mine..I would remove the top or I would make sure that the underside of the top has coats of finish also to keep it from warping.. it seals the grain all the way around and protects it from twisting and warping..

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 12:25 AM

For Your top table i think, polyurethane finish is the best.


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#5 posted 02-27-2010 12:28 AM

nice table ,

if you don’t have finishing equiptment ,
scotts wipe on poly is probably the best ,
just takes more coats ,
but the dust ( airborne ) ,
is easier to deal with .

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 12:42 AM

i would finish bottom side to. even if it is just shellac

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 01:34 AM

You guys are great!!!! So I am think the Poly is the best bet, Should I whip or spray, and should i just use the poly, or should I put a sand able coat on before I apply the poly?

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