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Forum topic by Retrowood posted 03-19-2012 12:33 AM 985 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Retrowood

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03-19-2012 12:33 AM

I’m finishing a newly completed project which is a folding work table and got carried away with tolerances. Everything fits like a glove….literally. I need to put some type of clear finish on it that won’t build too thick a film although be tough enough to be durable for work purposes. Any suggestions? Wood is Sitka Spruce on frame members and Baltic birch for table top.
Thanks, Retrowood

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 01:03 AM

Tung oil waterlox . Great finish tough as nails thin film . All you need . It builds slow so it will take a week or so . If you have the time you have the finish
Good luck
John

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 01:16 AM

Oddly enough I’ve used just about everything except Waterlox. Toxicity? A week to dry or a week to build up the finish after several applications? If our warm weather holds I should be ready to finish by Wednesday.
Thanks, Retrowood

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 01:48 AM

None that i am aware of .it’s used quite a bit on tables ,cutting boards, etc. Enjoy
John m

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 08:05 AM

Once dry, any finish is non-toxic. Depending on what kind of work you’re doing, a coat of danish oil followed, when dry with a coat of Johnson’s paste wax. Low film thickness, tough enough to resist glue and stains, and easy to repair. Dries faster, too.

Steve

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 04:52 PM

While the Tung Oil sounds interesting, I believe there may be a some Non-Toxic during application formulas out there. Also i need something that will sustain abrasions from sliding planers,SCMS’s, etc across top surface. Maybe the best bet is to use something tougher on table top and something with less film strength on the rest.
Thanks,
Retrowood

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 12:23 AM

I finished this project last night and used “Tried and True’s” Polymerized Linseed Oil/ Varnish. The lack of film build thickness on the legs, stretchers, beams, etc was exactly what I wanted. The top was Baltic Birch and the finish built up nicely with only (2) coats. Non-toxic, easy to apply, dried quicker than I thought it would, especially on the top. Added just enough amber to pop the grain and appears durable. Wife checked it out and stated it looked too good to use as my new boatbuilding bench. I guess that’s good thing.

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