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Forum topic by BigMig posted 11-11-2016 08:14 PM 1316 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2016 08:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish cherry blotch plastic

I’m almost done with the project – but I want to apply a top coat/finish on a small indoor bench made from cherry. I first treated it with Charles Neil’s blotch preventer, then applied a gel stain (Bartley’s). Now it’s time for a protective finish.

What suggestions do you have for me? – I don’t own a spray system, so it’ll have to be applied by bristle or foam brush, cloth or perhaps rattle can. Since it’s a small indoor bench, I’ll probably need only moderate protection – unlike a dining table. Lastly, I don’t want a “plastic” look to it because the wood is beautiful. Maybe a satin finish?

What would you use? Don’t worry about being too specific, either.

And – thanks in advance for your thoughts, opinions, etc.!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 11-11-2016 09:57 PM

I did the same and used shellac on a sofa table, Then for a coffee table I also used shellac for the bottom and Arm-R-Seal for the top. The latter even though it is a polyurethane does not have any plastic feel and actually brings wood grain even better than shellac. maybe because it is oil based.

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 12:59 AM

I like to use three coats of Varathane brand polyurethane matte finish. It’s water-based and goes on easily. It doesn’t make the object look like plastic; and it’s described as a “soft touch” finish. Two coats can go on in one day and then the last one goes on the next day. I use it over oil-based finishes. It’s sold at my home depot down the street.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 04:45 AM

Thanks guys! Any other ideas? Is Waterlox a product to use here?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 01:40 PM

1x to Arm R Seal

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#5 posted 11-14-2016 02:32 PM

Thanks to Charles, Rich and Carloz – I began applied a coat of Arm-R-Seal on Friday. Let it sit overnight, then 0000 steel wool and second coat yesterday. The Arm-R-Seal is so easy to apply with a cloth…I like that. And – it looks great. Third coat goes on today; then I’ll post a couple of photos.

It’s a simple piece, but I got to practice half-blind dovetails and wedged through mortises (both by hand). Definitely not a “pro-job” but I’m happy with it for my level of experience.

Cheers! Thanks again.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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