finishing hard maple

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Forum topic by woodman71 posted 11-16-2009 01:26 AM 1584 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2009 01:26 AM

OK what is the best finish to use on hard maple I want to put a clear finish on any help would be nice thank

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 01:28 AM

What are you making and how will it be used?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 01:37 AM

It a table with 1/4 glass divide in four piece for the top

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 03:48 AM

I would use lacquer or poly for a table top because they are durable finishes.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 04:34 PM

I like General Finishes Arm R Seal … wipe on and build up to the finish you want … builds up slow but easy to apply and tough

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 04:41 PM

I’m working on a TV stand of hard white maple and walnut and my plan is to use a water based poly on the maple and a dark stain on the walnut then the water based poly, probably General. I’m thinking water based verses oil based so it doesn’t yellow over time.

I’ve got some good pictures of how yellow oil based poly can get. I had painted something Delta grey and then sealed it with oil based poly and over time the grey turned to olive green. And this was on the inside of it that was kept in the basement so not exposed to the sun at all.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 05:24 AM

the mini wardrobe i built in my projects profile i built out of solid hard maple and i finished it with wipe on poly. but for a table i wouldn’t recommend wipe on. spray it if u can.

-- M.K.

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