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Redfern

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11-28-2017 01:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beetle kill blue stain finish pine finishing rustic

I have put together a table top for the breakfast nook of my house.

I just have no idea how to finish it. I like the blue of the beetle kill but I think I stain it it will go black.

I have looked through the threads and I’m a bit confused. If I oil it do I then leave it un-sealed? Or can I oil it and it will darken oh-so slightly then seal with a clear water-based sealant to hopefully prevent any wood movement.

I’m a novice at this so please, any wisdom from here will be greatly appreciated.

PS, sorry for craning your necks.

-- All this in their ignorance they called civilisation, when it was but their enslavement.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-28-2017 02:58 PM

Water based finish keeps it blue and white. Regular lacquer makes it more grayish and light yellow. Epoxy and oil based poly will go black and yellow. This just my normal experience. Contact me if you have questions.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-28-2017 02:58 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 02:58 PM

Wipe on mineral spirits in a spot, that will give you a general idea of what it will look like with an untinted oil finish.

Water borne poly will do little to change the coloration and will give good service if enough coats are applied so that is an option, comes in gloss through flat. Make sure you let each coat thoroughly dry before applying the next coat. I sand lightly between every 2nd coat (400 grit or grey scotch brite like material – the operative word is LIGHTLY) Sanding sealer under the poly first will fill the pores if that is what you are after but with WB poly I just start with it. Also if you are looking for a non gloss finish I still recommend all coats be made with gloss until the final 1 or 2. Flatter finish formulations have material in them which cut the gloss but they will also muddy the look of the grain so build with gloss – clear and finish with satin or whatever you like.

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#4 posted 11-28-2017 03:17 PM

Monte , does BKP all the time ,I ask him to respond , dont know anyone with more experience with it .

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Redfern

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#5 posted 11-28-2017 03:56 PM

Thanks guys. Great advice. I’ll follow up when she’s done.

-- All this in their ignorance they called civilisation, when it was but their enslavement.

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HerbC

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#6 posted 11-28-2017 04:21 PM

No finish will prevent wood movement. The finish WILL probably SLOW the transfer of moisture and because of that fact the panel should be finished on both sides to minimize differential movement that can cause the panel to warp.

Good Luck!!!

Be Careful!!!

Herb

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#7 posted 11-28-2017 07:44 PM



Water based finish keeps it blue and white. Regular lacquer makes it more grayish and light yellow. Epoxy and oil based poly will go black and yellow. This just my normal experience. Contact me if you have questions.

- Monte Pittman

look no further monte is the king of beetle kill,id follow his advise.check him out.

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#8 posted 11-29-2017 01:24 AM

Monte and Charles is on the scene, everything is under control here…..

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#9 posted 11-29-2017 04:28 AM

Welcome to Ljs Monte is the guy who has the most experience with Beatle kill,the #1 post

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Redfern

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#10 posted 01-15-2018 06:16 PM

Ok. I got the table for my breakfast nook finished. It was tough getting days warm enough to put the finish on.

Thanks again for the advice on the finish. I ended up going with clear satin polyeurethane over tung oil. The timber was so dry I wanted to have some oil in it. It darkened a bit but the blues are still blue and the grain became very lively in the rest of it.

-- All this in their ignorance they called civilisation, when it was but their enslavement.

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