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Posted on Best finish for a redwood coffee table?

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 09:20 PM

Redwood can be quite “soft” unless it is really old growth with fine grain and quarter sawn or burl.
Therefore I would suggest you apply a hard finish like a floor finish grade of polyurethane (I like the water base type). The first couple of coats will soaked in. Then sand lightly with 400 grit paper and apply several more coats until you get a good built up finish. You may have to sand lightly between the added coats to remove “dust” bumps. You can use 0000 steel wool for this additional “sandings”. Finally (after about a week of drying) for a really smooth finish rub on a paste wax (carnauba) with 0000 steel wool as the applicator and buff to a shine with a soft cloth. Don’t let the wax dry to long after application or you will have to go over it a second time to remove wax swirls.

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