Finishing old pine

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Forum topic by ezgnann posted 10-17-2011 02:40 AM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 02:40 AM

I am building a table for my wife out of old pine that was salvaged from an old school house. The beam that I had resawn was 5”x8”x14’! It was a massive piece of history! Pics will be posted once I complete it.

I need some tips on finishing old pine. There is a fair amount of pine sap/tar in the wood so I am wondering if that will have an effect on finishing. I want to put some sort of finishing or protectant on the wood since it will be used for a kitchen table. It has years of meals and homework ahead of it. I was thinking of using high gloss poly cut with mineral spirits on it to provide solid protection to the table.

What suggestions are there from the Lumberjock forum for finishing this piece? I want to avoid using any stain on the wood and do not want to use any finish that will overly darken the beauty of the wood.



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#1 posted 10-17-2011 06:28 AM

been here done that, being an old Virginia guy, I have done a ton of recycled pine,, love the stuff, but it has some special “quirks,” but can be georgeous, the bottom cabinets are my personal home, and all my floors are recycled heart pine, I can help you with this ,I am out of town until Oct 22, some pictures of the material would be very helpful , and we will go from there.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 08:21 PM

High gloss will be prone to show any bumps and scratches. The water based urethane will work well, then buff out with a synthetic pad to soften the gloss. Wax afterwards.
I’ve done a top that way with good results. Old wood from the DelMarVa area.


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