LumberJocks

Finish for a maple and walnut table

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by Mountaintop35 posted 01-05-2018 03:32 AM 471 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Mountaintop35's profile

Mountaintop35

3 posts in 346 days


01-05-2018 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut maple question finishing

I’ve got a maple and walnut butcher block style table. I’m looking for the right clear coat to finish this beautiful project. I do not want the maple to amber or yellow over time but I also want the project to have a nice finish and make the wood pop. I also want to have some water protection to it. I would love some suggestions. Thanks!!


5 replies so far

View Aj2's profile

Aj2

1885 posts in 2002 days


#1 posted 01-05-2018 04:05 AM

Maple will turn there’s just no changing that. Oil finishes will defiantly make that happen fast. One good water base finish I use sometimes is Generals Water based laquer. It can be sprayed,brushed but my favorite way is with a good quality foam brush like Wooster. But only if your top is not too big. Bigger pieces do look better sprayed.
It used to come in a green can here’s what they sell now.

-- Aj

View Mountaintop35's profile

Mountaintop35

3 posts in 346 days


#2 posted 01-07-2018 08:49 PM

If I use a woosters foam brush, is it a one time only use or is there a good way to clean them?

View LesB's profile

LesB

1866 posts in 3647 days


#3 posted 01-07-2018 09:01 PM

I would also consider one of the water based poly floor finishes for durability. If you don’t like the gloss finish that some have just buff it with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.

-- Les B, Oregon

View John Smith's profile

John Smith

1488 posts in 366 days


#4 posted 01-07-2018 09:24 PM


If I use a woosters foam brush, is it a one time only use or is there a good way to clean them?

- Mountaintop35

foam brushes are designed to be disposable.
if you use it in a water based material, wash it in warm soap (Dawn) and water and use it until it falls apart.
if you use it in a solvent based finish – toss it and use a fresh brush each time.
(if you want to try to wash it out in mineral spirits and use it again, that’s your call).
if you are really “frugal”, buy a box full at harbor freight.

.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

View John Smith's profile

John Smith

1488 posts in 366 days


#5 posted 01-07-2018 09:55 PM

MountanTop – how much does this table mean to you ?
did you put a lot of time, effort and love into it ?

there are several Marine Spar Varnish products that can deliver the finish you are wanting.
Plus, the hardness, water repellency and color retention. Most acquers have zero UV blockers.
it is sort of like putting a $40,000.00 motorcycle on a trailer and securing it down with $3.00 nylon straps.
meaning, putting the wrong finish on a nice item only to have the finish fail – then your item is ruined.
if you really want to protect and preserve your table, it would be prudent to invest some $$ into the finish.
google: Pettit 2067Q Captain’s Ultra Clear Varnish it only comes in quart cans, but, after you use it,
you will find other uses for it in your future projects.

jus my Dos Centavos

.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com