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Forum topic by Chris posted 02-10-2017 03:39 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2017 03:39 PM

Hey everyone,

This is one of the first times I have made a piece of furniture and I don’t want to make a mistake with the finish. I thought I would make this post with the hope that some fellow LJs could give me some ideas about:

1) What to use as a finish
2) Any instructions regarding application

This end table is made of walnut, and the stripes down the middle are cherry and birch. This will be used in my wife’s office and will likely have a lamp on it, kleenex and a drink from time to time. So it a durable finish would be ideal. Here are pics of the table. Right now I own the following: WATCO Danish Oil, Polyurethane, and Water Based Polyurethane. I am a rookie with tough skin so just hit me with the truth! Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 03:54 PM

Oil base poly is the most durable finish out there and is what I always use on table tops. Minwax wipe on poly is a good one, but my favorite Behlen’s Rockhard table top varnish. The legs and apron are not as critical and you could use Arm R Seal or something of that nature for the lower parts.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 04:11 PM

Application of a coating depends on the coating and the environment you will be applying the coating. Application may be wipe, brush, pour, dip, spray.

Since the table will be used in an office you may want to protect whatever finish you decide on with a glass top. If that is not viable then have coasters for any drinks and a small piece of fabric beneath the lamp.

-- Wuddoc

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 04:11 PM

Thank you both. I appreciate it.

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 04:25 PM

Another question given this advice … what would applying a couple coats of danish oil do before applying the poly?

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