would like suggestions for a finish for a benchtop tool Caddy I'm making

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Forum topic by alwayslearning posted 01-26-2016 04:52 PM 2125 views 4 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2016 04:52 PM

Hello, I’m new to lumberjocks and a learning woodworker, these forums look awesome! My question is, I’m about done making a tool caddy for my bench, I’m so excited to having a organized bench top! I’ve used leftover wood (cherry, maple, butternut, walnut) and am mounting on a lazy susan type top (barstool hardware actually) to make access to both sides easy. I now want to finish the piece and am looking for suggestions. My thoughts is a sealcoat then poly would be good for dust protection, etc. But I also know the thing will get pretty dinged up over time so maybe something like a oil would be better? thanks! Scott

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 05:57 PM

Nice looking piece!! I would do oil, can be touched up real easy.

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 06:40 PM

I’d use Watco Natural oil and saturate all sides and you’d be good to go.

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Nice tool caddy, I like it.

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 07:25 PM

Nice looking caddy, oil finish is probably the best way to go.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 12:52 AM

I’s use either Watco or Tung oil, which ever you have.

That’s a nice caddy, but isn’t it a bit large to sit on top of your bench? Looks like it might take up quite a bit of real estate. You might consider building a small rolling base for it. You’d also gain the ability of moving it around when you’re working away from the bench too.

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 01:16 AM

I like that caddy. Would do a wiping varnish, or Danish oil.


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#6 posted 01-27-2016 01:56 AM

Agreed on the oil. Watco Danish would bring out the colors of those woods, is reasonably durable, and can be touched up if it gets too dinged around.

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 03:01 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I went with Danish oil, it does make the different woods pop. I’m very happy with how the project came out, designed as I built it, knowing what I needed/wanted and using leftover wood. It’s already in use and makes me smile every time I look at it and can find the tool I need! I like the idea of a mobile base, may be down the road. Thanks again, Scott

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 06:26 PM

Looks good. Nice job !

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 06:27 PM

I think of a caddy as something I can load up and carry around. You get that loaded up, it might take a couple young folks to move it around. Very nice looking piece.

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