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Posted on How would you finish this Walnut coffee table top?

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 01:22 PM

That is some very nice wood….way too nice to let it get beat all to he77. I would suggest you give some thought to having a tempered plate glass top made for it to keep it from getting destroyed. If you ever have some formal event you can always remove the glass top and set it in a closet somewhere.
I will be odd man out again here and suggest that you use some sort of clear finish. I have worked with a lot of walnut in my time and I will say that anytime you have pretty, figured, dark wood like that and finish it with a product that is not clear it could and probably will get way darker than you want. Darkening an already dark wood like that might hide or kill the beauty. I think I would cut some clear polyurethane {Minwax, Deft, etc. } with thinner and give it a try. If it’s clear and it’s thin {in the wood, not on it} and you have glass to protect it I think you have covered all the bases. It would be a shame to see such a nice table all gunched up.

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