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01-28-2011 11:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question douglas fir 2x4 spray gun finishing sanding mdf

Im currently building my shop right now using these plans .

Its mostly 2×4 and plywood. I am wondering if i should spray some sealer like Minwax Polycrylic or Polyurethane on the 2×4 material?

I initially wasn’t going to, but i figure it might help if something leaks on it, or just over time from it moving. I live in Phoenix, AZ

What do you guys think? Should i do it to the workbench MDF surface as well?


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#1 posted 01-29-2011 04:57 AM

Whatever you decide to do, keep in mind that you probably don’t want a slick surface on any of the tops that you may want to clamp something down on, or a surface you don’t want anything sliding around on.

When I built my workbench, I made it of 2-sheets of 3/4” MDF. the bottom layer is solidly attached to the frame of the bench. I chose not to glue the 2-layers of MDF, choosing to just run screws straight up throught the bottom piece of MDF, pulling the top layer securely to it. This allows me to simply undue these screws and drop a fresh sheet of MDF on top and screw it back down.

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 04:59 AM

To seal it use Zinsser Shellac..

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 04:46 AM

I use poly on all my shop furniture. I rarely break out the poly just for shop furniture though. Instead, when I am putting poly on a project I usually have some left over that I do not want to put back in a jar or whatever container I am using so I slap in on some shop furniture. I might do a quick bit of hand sanding on whatever I am about to put it on.

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 08:04 AM

What about arm r seal? i did some more research and it seems shellac is recommend quite a bit. Will shellac project the wood from water damage?

Sorry for all the questions, i dont know a lot of finishes. Just want something thats easy. Originally i wasnt going to apply any, but im thinking it might help keep it nice longer.

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