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02-14-2010 06:50 PM

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I am building my first dedicated work bench and I am unsure what to coat it with. Any ideas? thanks

-- Nick,Pa.

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 06:51 PM

Wipe on poly

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 06:54 PM


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#3 posted 02-14-2010 07:13 PM

BLO – penetrates the wood, seals it from moisture,but leaves the surface rough so that work pieces won’t be flying around. also super easy to apply.

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 07:31 PM

While my workbench is still in the planning stages – I’ll be going with BLO or something similar. You want the top ‘natural’ rather than turned into a skating rink.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 08:04 PM

I found this article. Maybe it will help.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 08:16 PM

I use wipe-on Poly on the sides, legs, drawers. Then for the top I rubbed in BLO thinned down with paint thinner. I applied a thin coat every day for about 10 days until it wouldn’t take any more. Then a light coat every now and then or if I scratch it.

My German grandfather toad me a good craftsmen will build 3 benches in his lifetime, each one better than the last. Good luck with the first one!

-- Les, Missouri,

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 10:10 PM

I used Boiled Linseed Oil. Works great.

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 11:00 PM

Well I covered my entire bench top with Hard Board (screwed on) then in a couple of years when it gets all dirty and covered with paint, coffee stains, and you can start to tell what I have had for lunch for the past few years, and what ever. I just unscrew the top and replace it.. Bingo a new bench top !! Works Great..

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 03:27 AM

I want to thank all you guys that answered my question. and I see by a 95% majority BLO is the way to go for the top and what ever I want for every other surface. And hugh thanks for the article that helped a lot. thanks again Nick M.

-- Nick,Pa.

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 08:21 AM

Personally, I use Minwax (I can hear the groans now) Sanding Sealer – which gets re-done every couple of years. Just make sure you let it dry for a week. I also go back and filll any gouges with wood putty and sand it flat first.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#11 posted 02-16-2010 11:59 AM

great link, good stuff to know for us rookies :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 03:00 PM

What is Baily’s Booth Coat?

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