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Forum topic by Kennethjg posted 11-13-2015 01:38 AM 587 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kennethjg

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11-13-2015 01:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bench workbench finish maple walnut finishing

I posted my bench last week with some questions I had. Just wanted to post a few pics of my assembly, and ask what in y’all’s experience is is a good finish for a bench top. And to see if y’all have any suggestions for how I could improve the design on this one, or if I should ever build another bench in the future. This is my first one, so it doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a platform for me to learn on and practice with hand tools.

Here’s the link to the original post for those interested: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/126786

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 01:48 AM

I’d cover it in multiple coats of thick paint.
Just kidding. A gorgeous bench like that needs no finish at all. But a very light coat of BLO wouldn’t hurt.

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 02:07 AM

Blo and wax.

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 02:10 AM

Danish oil and walk away.

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 02:11 AM

NICE!!!!!!!!!!! I would hit it with a 50/50 mix of BLO and Mineral Spirits to bring out the wood color and pop the grain difference, then a 1-1 1/2 cut of shellac, wiped on, that wont give it a film finish but will help bring out the color even more, and seal it a bit, and an easy touch up if you ever want to.

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 02:58 AM

What are the advantages of linseed oil/Danish oil? I’ve never dealt with either. And are you guys referring to real, legit linseed oil, or the linseed oil they sell at Lowe’s and Home Depot that has additives and stuff?

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 02:11 PM

You can get a quart of this at Lowes for $2.00 a quart. It claims to be 100% linseed oil. I usually buy a gallon at a time.
Danish oil will work fine too.

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