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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 03-28-2016 01:34 PM 340 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 01:34 PM

I’ve pretty much got the top of my work bench smoothed out and wanted to go ahead and put some kind of finish on it. It may be laying for awhile and I don’t want it to get stained. I’ve got some sealers on the shelf but really don’t know what to use on a work bench. The top is yellow pine. I really need help on this, I’m not good a finishing. I don’t want anything that will gum up later if I can help it. All help appreciated, thanks in advance

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 01:36 PM

Linseed oil and then paste wax is all I would use. You don’t want to put a hard finish like varnish on a softwood surface that will take some abuse.

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 02:33 PM

I did one quick coat of Watco Danish Oil on my softwood bench. It was just enough for a bit of protection without making it slick. Next time it gets flattened, I probably won’t put any finish on at all. For me, it’s a work surface, not a piece of furniture and the top of a workbench needs a bit of grip to it.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 03:57 PM

Poly thinned 1:1, keep it wet 5-10 min, wipe it off til dry.

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 04:08 PM

I have a rough workbench and I put a sheet of 3/16” thick tempered hard board on the top using carpet tape.

If it ever gets too beat up I can pop off the hard board and replace it.

Tempered hard board is much harder than the regular stuff so specify that when you shop.

Its not pretty but it is effective.

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 04:12 PM

I use a BLO/shellac/DNA mix. Has the advantages of an oil finish (no film, not overly slick, easy to apply, easy to touch up) but dries fast.

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 04:18 PM

I use blo and wax

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#7 posted 03-28-2016 06:15 PM

I use Poly/BLO/MS mix. Easy to maintain and dried glue pops right off.

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