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Forum topic by Woodchuck2010 posted 06-03-2016 02:17 AM 346 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodchuck2010

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06-03-2016 02:17 AM

I just completed this stepstool. Its from some older woodworkers magazine. Being a stepstool, it’s going to be stepped on a lot. lol. Would several coats of polyurethane be enough to last a few years, or are there better alternatives?

Ready…......go!

-- Chuck, Michigan,


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HerbC

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 04:04 AM

I think you’d be better off with an oil finish. Varnish (including polyurethane) will wear and scratch and will be hard to “fix” once it wears. An oil finish will allow you to simply clean the surface and then apply a fresh coat to refresh the finish.

Nice project and looks like you did a good job.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 11:24 AM

Thanks for the input Herb. Would an oil finish attract and retain more dirt and dust? Is there a particular type or brand that you recommend?

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 11:31 AM

I think Herb is thinking along the lines of BLO. Dries as hard as the others, but really easy to wipe on another coat. It won’t attract anymore dust than any finish.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Woodchuck2010

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 11:40 AM



I think Herb is thinking along the lines of BLO. Dries as hard as the others, but really easy to wipe on another coat. It won t attract anymore dust than any finish.

- Monte Pittman

Excuse my ignorance on finishes. BLO. Is that boiled linseed oil?

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 11:59 AM

Use poly. It can be applied different ways to get the style finish desired. Here’s some info on blo, oils, poly.

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 11:59 AM

My choice would be a good polyurethane varnish (this, from a guy who hates polyurethane). The polyurethane formulas are highly scratch resistant, and is what you find in the better floor finishes….should do well with foot traffic. That said, as mentioned it is very hard to repair and that point needs to be weighed in the considerations.

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ScottM

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 12:34 PM



My choice would be a good polyurethane varnish (this, from a guy who hates polyurethane). The polyurethane formulas are highly scratch resistant, and is what you find in the better floor finishes….should do well with foot traffic. That said, as mentioned it is very hard to repair and that point needs to be weighed in the considerations.

- Fred Hargis

Ditto. If it’s good enough for floor finishes then it should hold up on a light duty step stool. By light duty I mean that it won’t get as much traffic and abuse as a floor.

Beautiful stool, by the way. That never sounds right….

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