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#1 posted 02-03-2016 06:31 PM

Well, it’s not the finish that causes a workbench top to need occasional flattening. It’s (mostly) the wood moving. A film finish of a couple microns thickness is no match for wood movement caused by humidity changes.

I use a mixture of BLO/denatured alcohol/shellac in about equal measure. I didn’t do more than wipe it on, let it set, and wipe it off. The mix dries faster than straight BLO. It keeps glue and dirt from sticking, and is easy to spot repair.

I don’t actually see the point of putting a film finish on a workbench, but it’s really up to you. I don’t tooth my bench top, though I have a toothing plane.

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