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Forum topic by JCamp posted 03-11-2017 11:08 PM 400 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JCamp

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03-11-2017 11:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing

This weekend I’ve been able to tackle a couple small projects but now they need finished…
1st project – I hav a 16ft long work bench I put 1/4inch plywood on top of it but I’m not sure how to finish it. It’ll b mainly used for assembly and staining of wood projects I thought about poly but not sure it’ll hold up
2nd project – I made my wife a small light duty cutting board. What should I finish it in? I thought about BLO but seems lik I’ve read that that’s not a good thing to do (at least not the store bought kind)
Thanks in advance

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 11:55 PM

Mineral oil on the cutting board. Oil base poly is the most durable finish, it will be fine for a workbench.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 12:32 AM

If the workbench is going to get very hard usage; get sheet metal thin gauge like is used for roofig flashing and buy a piece wide & long enough to cover it in one chunk.

When i turned wrenches ; we had that on the shop bench and it took a terrible abuse.

Or consider the plywood as expendable and put it on to be easily changed.

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 03:22 AM

Melamine is good for assembly and finishing because most glues can easily be scraped off and drips of finish can usually be scraped off as well. It definitely offends my wood working senses but it sure is nice and easy to clean off.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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JCamp

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 01:56 PM

I visited my local ACE hardware yesterday. They do not sell mineral oil but they do have Lemon oil. Can I use that for my cutting board instead of mineral oil? I found and old LJ thread that says Lemon oil is just scented mineral oil…...

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 01:59 PM

You can buy mineral oil at any pharmacy or even Walmart. It is used as a laxative!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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