|Forum topic by GeordieY||posted 11-25-2015 08:53 PM||794 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-25-2015 08:53 PM
I’ve been researching finish options for a table I’m building, but would like some input from people with more experience, as I have very little in regards to finishing.
The table is made from 2 kiln dried, live edge, maple (not sure if it’s soft or hard, but I’m inclined to go with soft after working with it) slabs.
The table will reside in an enclosed porch that 50% of the time (when we’re not home) will not be climate controlled (it has a window-rattler AC unit and 2 large sliding glass doors open it to the inside of the house) in the state of Florida and surrounded by windows with sheer curtains, so UV may be an issue.
Given that it will often be hot, it will see a fair amount of indirect sunlight, and the humidity levels will be subject to fluctuation, I was leaning towards treating the table as an outdoor table. The wife also wants a gloss finish, and I personally don’t want to re-apply finish very often if ever, and have concerns about the top being marred from normal use (board games, family dinners, drunks). I would also like a natural-ish finish that makes the grain pop like oil.
So far, I’ve come up with 3 possibilities: Epifanes Clear Varnish (concerns with top marring), oil followed by bar top epoxy (concerns with epoxy adherence due to oil and how much the epoxy yellowing from the sun will affect the look), and 1/3 BLO, 1/3 Helman’s Spar Varnish in gloss, and 1/3 mineral spirits (concerns with top marring).
Thank you in advance for your words of wisdom,