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Forum topic by Caseyr02 posted 06-29-2012 06:58 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2012 06:58 PM

First time woodworker here, so go easy on me…

I’m 95% done restoring my first project piece – a 60s flip-top audio console – and I’ve encountered a dilemma. I’ve just finished applying a couple coats of Watco Danish oil and I don’t know if I should apply a top coat protectant, like a wipe on poly.

I’ve scoured the forums on the topic and it seems to be a mixed bag. Should I even apply a top coat? If I should add something to finish it, any advice on what it should be.

Most of my other furniture is Mid Century modern and Danish, so ideally I’d like it to be similar to what I already have.

Thanks for the advice!

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 07:20 PM

My understanding is if it won’t have hard use such as drinks and wet stuff put on it, it might be best to leave it with the oil. If harder use is anticipated, then maybe a polyurethane topcoat would do. You might want to try a test piece with both options to see what looks better to you.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 09:23 PM

You mention it’s an audio console. If it’s going to have electronics on top of it that will at some point be moved around, like when you’re wiring it or dusting, it’s worth considering giving it a topcoat. If you like the satin oiled look, I’d apply a few coats of satin wipe on poly for protection.

-- Brian Timmons -

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