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#1 posted 03-28-2013 02:37 PM

Beautiful table. It’s perhaps ironic that your site name is “watermark,” because that’s generally the issue with coffee table finishes. Two lines of thought…either use a hard film finish like poly or lacquer to provide protection against liquid moisture, or use no protection other than an oil. The former is typically the best way to protect such pieces while the latter maintains a tactile feel with the table and must be replenished on occasion. I like oil and wax finishes for this reason.

Being a soft wood that I am unfamiliar with, I am unsure how an oil will react with it (blotching?) so my inclination is to use go with a good film finish. Such finishes are imperfect with soft woods, as there’s no guarantee that they’ll stop lots of rough handling…it’ll be resistant to key-ring or child’s toy scratches but certainly not a ding caused by a dropped TV remote. From that standpoint, with enough dings, it’ll start looking worse and could need to be refinished sooner than you’d like.

My $.02.

-- jay,

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