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MikeOB

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1635 days ago

I am almost done with my 1st project – my mobile work bench. Here is a picture from Nov 09 wood mag.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/woodstore_2093_37319433

I have a light colored, almost like this picture, solid core door that I’m going to use for the top instead of the 2×4s.

Any suggestions on what I should use? I want to keep it light colored, but then again a dark bottom light top would work too.

I’m kinda new to this so any suggestions would be nice.

Face is pine, shelves and sides are birch plywood.

Thanks

-- Mike, Portage, WI


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Waldschrat

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#1 posted 1635 days ago

if you are new at wood working and are looking to put an easy finish on your bench, I would suggest oil or (tung oil for example). Its easy to apply and does not require spraying, and goes relative quick. not to mention, if is going to get a bit scratched or dinged up, if you want to spiff it up in the future a light sanding and a bit more oil is easy and quick for time to time maintence.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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suds1421

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#2 posted 1635 days ago

I would put on “Witches Brew”, easy to put on and easy to repair….

(1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 gloss poly and 1/3 naptha).

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1635 days ago

Wipe on poly

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 1635 days ago

Boiled linseed oil – like Barry mentioned, slippery workbenches (hard finish like poly or laquer) won’t hold your work pieces as securely.

boiled linseed oil is easy to apply like Nicholas mentioned, in penetrates the wood and seals it against moisture, but still leave that soft warm wood feel to it.

it WILL however darken the wood. the only thing that I know of that won’t darken the wood is water based finishes like waterbased-poly. but I would not use that for a workbench.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Mogebier

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#5 posted 1635 days ago

My work bench is for working, not looking at, so I just put a couple of coats of gloss white primer on it just to protect the wood from spills. It’s very rough looking and “worked on” :)

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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Icemizer

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#6 posted 1635 days ago

I also use a solid core door and covered it with some Varathane Floor Finish. Better at handeling scuffs and scratches. Also a little less smooth than the stuff used for furniture.

-- Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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MikeOB

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#7 posted 1635 days ago

thanks for the advice!

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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