I’m making a hardwood coffee table, and afterwards plan on a dining room table. I’m not sure which finish (type or brand) to go with. Here is what I’m looking for:
-Since I will be using some exotics like purpleheart as accents and I’d like to slow down the discoloring as much as possible (even tho inevitably it will lose its color, any tiny bit of prolonging it is a plus to me) so I want something with UV inhibitors/blockers, especially since I will likely have it in front of a window and/or my large sliding glass and screen door.
-I don’t want to tint the wood a different color, such as slightly yellow. I want to keep the natural look so I was leaning towards a water-based finish instead of oil based since I hear they can give a yellowy tone. However, does this mean I can no longer put warm or mildly hot dishes on it? I’m sure place mats will work there anyway.
-I’d like if possible to have a non-gloss/satin finish. Semi-gloss could work too, but again I want the wood to look like wood.
-I’d like something that can hold up and not have to be re-applied too quickly. A couple years would be nice. I was originally looking at Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane, but just recently read that it doesn’t hold up for even a year.
-The tables will be inside so I don’t have to worry about weather wearing it down too much except for changes in temp and humidity (Living in New England).
I’m not totally sure what would be best. Can you wonderful people help me out? I was originally looking at water based satin spar urethanes, but maybe i should go with exterior/marine spar varnish, though i thought you could only get that in glossy tones. If you have a suggestion as to what type of finish and what brands are good/reputable, I’d very much like to hear that.
Oh also, I don’t want to complicate the process of applying it. As in, I really don’t want to first add this, then do that, then apply the finish, then do something else.
Thanks for any and all help.