Finish Recommendations for Maple Plywood (BORG)

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Forum topic by Kurt T. Kneller posted 07-21-2015 12:57 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kurt T. Kneller

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07-21-2015 12:57 PM

I am in the process of building a router table and I am using maple plywood for the cabinet.
The plywood is from the HD and not the greatest, but is for the shop. I would like to put some type of finish on it but I have heard a lot of horror stories. I am looking for something with a slight amber color and some protection against moisture and the wear-n-tear of a garage workshop. I also would like something easy and quick so I can get it up an running. Should I use and amber shellac, wipe-on poly? What brand would you recommend?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 01:08 PM

How about Danish Oil?

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 01:47 PM

Pretty much anything you want to use will be fine…I didn’t even finish mine and it’s 16 years old now. If you have a finishing technique that needs fine tuning, use the cabinet to practice that technique.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 01:56 PM

I finished my maple plywood router table in a light shaded polyurethane.

The humidity in Houston is brutal. I wanted something to protect it without changing the color too much.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 01:59 PM

If you want the amber color use Mosers medium walnut aniline dye followed by a coat of Seal Coat then 3 coats of diluted polyurethane ( 1 part poly to 1 part mineral spirits).

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 02:01 PM

The panels on these doors are BORG maple plywood, and are slightly yellower than they appear in the picture. Finish was a few coats of Arm-R-Seal wiped on, buffed out with paste wax and 0000 steel wool. Doesn’t get much easier or more idiot-proof. This project was completed 2 years ago, I really should get some better pictures.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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