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Forum topic by rayreed posted 12-28-2015 01:18 AM 637 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2015 01:18 AM

I am building an End Grain Table Top with Walnut. I have it almost put together now but I have not settled on a good finishing strategy yet. Wife does not want a high gloss finish so we are leaning toward oil followed by wax. I was wondering if anyone had already gone down this path and could offer some advice. Thank you my friends!

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 02:54 PM

Whatever brand of poly you use, in satin, thinned 50%. Wipe or brush on for 5 min or so until wood stops absorbing, wipe off. Do 3 coats minimum. Finish can be scuffed with steel wool or scotchbrite if too much sheen. It’s the same process used for the “Danish oil” finishes. None of the oil/wax “finishes” (I don’t consider them finishes) provide much protection, and certainly not enough for a table top.

I prefer a “dry brush” technique for this type of finish, but it takes a little practice. Apply the finish, and as the solvents flash off, use a fine bristled brush (I use golden taklon) “dry” (wiped on a paper towel) to smooth the finish around. Keep wiping the brush on the paper towel, and keep brushing until the finish is tacky and the brush isn’t really doing anything. It doesn’t take much finish left on the surface to do this technique.

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 03:17 PM

Thanks OSU55, I appreciate the info.

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