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Forum topic by DaveA posted 01-19-2010 11:12 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2010 11:12 PM

My latest creation is a chess board made of Walnut, Birch and Cherry on a box of Aspen. This was intended for a school charity auction and would have most likely been a showpiece in someone’s home. I have since learned that chess is big hit at the school and the board may likely end up there with daily use.

I have two applications of antique oil finish on it now and was going to finish with Minwax Finishing wax. Since it may be re-purposed I am wondering if I should stray from the original plan and just put a wipe-on poly on it. Or, will the oil/wax plan provide sufficient protection to the board. I will post pics when finished, I think it turned out pretty good for a first for me.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 12:11 AM

Dave, the oil and wax would make the board look good and give it a subtle sheen but provide relatively little surface protection. For a board that is going to be used (and abused) on a daily basis I would go with a topcoat of poly over the oil rather than wax. Poly will provide protection to the surface of the wood.

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 12:22 AM

That’s what I thought, but wanted to tap into your experience.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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