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02-26-2010 09:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing birch

Been working on a mobile workstation. Its 3/4” birch ply. The carcass if pretty much finished, my next step would be to put on the top table piece. However, I assume I need to apply some sort of stain or sealant or finish to the carcass but I really have no idea what I need. Can you help me out (realizing I don’t have a ton of money)?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 11:23 PM

Why not hit it with a couple of coats of polyurethane? I use the water-based stuff from MinWax on my shop furniture and fixtures … looks great, cleans up easy, and takes a lot of punishment.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 12:14 AM

Josh, I rarely use anything on my shop furniture. But poly would be a good choice, although I prefer to use an oil base.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 12:28 AM

I would like to stain with water based stain, then seal with polyurethane clear coating


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#4 posted 02-27-2010 01:03 AM

Josh…is the work station that you are building a support for a machine, or is it a workbench? If its a support, you could stain it then apply poly. If its a workbench, I would use an oil since poly will eventually scratch and become a nightmare to keep it looking good.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 02:35 AM

I built these shop cabs a couple of years ago from random leftovers. No stain, and the finish was the dregs from a gallon can of Minwax Polycrylic. I took these pics about a week ago.




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#6 posted 02-27-2010 02:38 AM

BLO and wax BLO is about $15 for a gallon and wax is about $12 for a nice size can.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 07:02 AM

Greetings Josh….. All I ever use is tung oil and mineral spirits….50/50 mix, and you’re good to go. All of the sugesstions above are very good and all are easy to apply, so all you have to do is….............pick one….!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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