|Forum topic by ctjim||posted 04-08-2016 02:27 PM||563 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-08-2016 02:27 PM
Hi all -
I recently build a workbench following the Fine Woodworking plans here: http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/18985/still-dont-have-a-workbench-this-one-is-easy
I used douglas fir for the 2×4 stretchers and 4×4 legs, and I have 2 sheets of 3/4” doug fir plywood I will laminate together for the top (instead of MDF they used in the original plan)
I’d like to finish the bench with something…I don’t care too much about how it looks (I’d prefer if it wasn’t plain unfinished wood, but it is a workbench so I don’t want to get crazy). I would prefer a bit of moisture protection since my basement can get a little wet when we have a lot of rain.
Seems like a lot of people lean towards either Watco Danish Oil or a polyurethane (like Minwax fast-drying poly). Any pros/cons for either one? For what it’s worth, this is going to be more of a general workbench (not dedicated to woodworking) so there is potential for it to be exposed to a bit of abuse :)
I’m leaning towards the poly since it seems like it would provide more liquid protection, would that work well with the plywood top?