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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 08-21-2017 11:24 PM 322 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kirk650

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08-21-2017 11:24 PM

I’m working up some shelves/coffee table parts for a friend for his college freshman daughter. It’s cherry plywood that I’ve cut to shape and trimmed the edges with solid cherry. Looking nice so far. I’m not building the table, or whatever it ’s all for. I’m just going to give the guy all the various board sizes he needs (which are more than he’d need for any sort of coffee table I’ve ever seen) trimmed with solid cherry, stained, and with two coats of Watco Danish Oil.

So the question is what additional finish I should suggest to him if he wants more of a film type finish. If it was for me, I’d go with Waterlox over the Danish Oil, but this isn’t for me. I could suggest Minwax Poly, but the last time I used it, I wasn’t happy with the results.

What can I recommend that can be brushed on easily and that will flatten out nicely and can be applied by a capable guy that isn’t a woodworker?

Thanks,
Kirk


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#1 posted 08-22-2017 01:45 AM

It sounds like he wants what he wants. I’m a big fan of Waterlox products. I wipe it though. I like the result better. It takes 3 or 4 coats, but it lays out nicer than brushing in my experience.

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#2 posted 08-22-2017 01:50 AM

Water based poly will give a durable finish that college kids can’t damage the furniture.

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#3 posted 08-22-2017 02:41 AM

If he wants to apply Waterlox, which I doubt he’s heard of, and which he can’t get here in the middle of nowhere (rural central Texas), it’s his job to do. He can’t have my can. And water based poly is for sure pretty tough, and I have had it on my workbench for years, but I’m afraid it won’t give a good final result, and probably won’t stick over Watco Danish Oil.

Maybe I can just do a test over some already stained wood, using the Minwax Poly. I have some samples left over from mixing and testing the new batch of dye.

I told her Dad that the Watco might pass water if the kids put a cold beer can on it. He said that his kid doesn’t drink beer. Right!

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#4 posted 08-22-2017 03:30 AM

Minwax wipe-on poly is easy and inexpensive. Hard to go wrong with that.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#5 posted 08-22-2017 03:43 AM



Minwax wipe-on poly is easy and inexpensive. Hard to go wrong with that.

- RichTaylor


+1 on the Minwax wipe on poly. Avoid the brush version, hard to get a decent finish in my experience.

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#6 posted 08-26-2017 04:31 PM

Just for info, I decided against using Watco Danish Oil (too slow to dry) and went with Minwax Antique Oil, which is my favorite in that type of finish. That fixed the fibers that had risen from the water based stain, so I very lightly removed them with 400 grit sandpaper. Then applied the first coat of Waterlox. Looks great. One more coat of Waterlox and I might be finished up. If not, a third coat will do it.

This was the first time I used cherry plywood and finished it this way. It won’t finish like solid cherry, but I think the final result will look great.

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