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04-25-2017 03:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: counter wood walnut finish danish oil poly polyurethane

Ahoy woodworkers! I am more of a hobby woodworker, so doing a counter top made of wood is not something I’ve ever tried before. I have a basic idea of how to do it, and I’m nearing completion. As I draw closer to the end, I figured that I should check with others about what finishes they like for counter tops. Since part of the counter will be going around the faucet, I want to be sure that I adequately protect the counter. Some friends of mine are really into doing wood projects with little to no finish, but that is not what interests me for this project. My mother in law is the one that asked me to do this, and she made it clear that she is mostly interested in durability. I was thinking about using danish oil and some type of tougher poly for the top. I’ve got a fairly flat poly that I think will allow the wood to still look more like wood than plastic. But I cannot stress enough that protection is priority number one. I know that my in laws will give this counter heavy use because they cook all the time, and they also have large groups over all the time. So something that is durable is vital. If you’re like my friends who love wood projects with little to no finish, that is totally fine. But I’m definitely not going that route for this project, so hopefully that helps to give you an idea of what I am after. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 04:20 AM

Use an oil to pop the grain, then follow it up with 5-6 coats of water based polyurethane. WB poly will dry fast and holds up to everyday use.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 04:27 AM

Ok, cool. Is fast drying the main pro with water based poly? I’m cool with both water based and the more traditional poly when I want something tough. But I wasn’t sure if there are major differences between them except for the lower VOCs with water based.

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 04:31 AM

Some chemicals will soften oil based poly, like some cleaners and acids used in cooking. When dried, the water based is like a layer of glass and if it gets scratched real bad it is easy to fix with just a little sanding and recoating.

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 05:11 AM

Ok great, good to know! Thanks!

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 06:26 PM

I have the reverse experience, as well as research, that OB poly is tougher, more scratch and chemical resistant vs wb. WB is great for spraying and I use it a lot, but tough applications get ob. Not sure which one has better heat resistance.

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 06:43 PM



I have the reverse experience, as well as research, that OB poly is tougher, more scratch and chemical resistant vs wb. WB is great for spraying and I use it a lot, but tough applications get ob. Not sure which one has better heat resistance.

- OSU55


Yes to OSU and here is a link to a site that may give Space more knowledge.
http://www.countertopepoxy.com/premium-clear-epoxy-for-countertops-bar-tops/
Also, you may want to contact Charles Neal to find out on what he used for his recently finished wood counter top.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 11:34 PM

I put 4 thick layers of OB poly on my kitchen counter top (around the sink included) over 24 years ago; still shiny.

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