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1228 days ago
I’m just beginning construction on a couple serving trays for Mummy Dearest’s birthday. The trays will be mainly cherry, with walnut and tiger maple accent strips. I’d like the finish to be natural (no stain but some gloss). However, the trays will probably be used for dinners outdoors on the deck, so they need to have some decent moisture protection from sweating glasses, etc. I think I’ve settled on a urethane finish—Waterlox or, more likely, Arm-R-Seal—to accomplish the latter.
My question… Is it bad/okay/encouraged to use some oil underneath the urethane? Look-wise, I’d be happy with an oil/wax finish, which I’d like to emulate as much as possible with the urethane. Would something like tung oil be okay underneath urethane to make it “pop”, or would this combo lead to adhesion problems? Anyone have experience with the Arm-R-Seal directly on the wood? I also see that General Finishes has “seal-a-cell” that they suggest underneath the arm-r-seal…any experiences with this combo?
And, at the risk of taking this thread a bit off-topic, any opinions on Arm-R-Seal versus GF’s water-based polyacrylic?