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Forum topic by Tyler posted 07-13-2012 08:48 PM 1229 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2012 08:48 PM

I’m working on a big walnut desk and am getting to point of needing to know what finish to use. I’ve done some tests with Tung Oil and Maloof’s Poly/Oil and Poly/Wax finishes. I think they both would look great, but I’m worried about the protection, especially on the actual desktop.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 08:58 PM

I like a durable coating for all

desks & tables. I like a two part

then once cured I take steel wool

and beeswax comes up well


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 09:00 PM

I would spray on pre-cat lacquer. It has held up well on our dining tables, so it would be great for a desk too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 11:50 PM

Jamie – two parts of what?

Willie – I afraid pre-cat lacquer may be above my skills since I don’t know what pre-cat laquer is really! I know its pre-catalyzed (I think), but not even sure where to get that stuff. Maybe this project will be a good justification to get some sprary equipment.

Would it look weird to finish the base with some tung oil and then the top with something more durable?

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 11:58 PM

Go to Homestedt Finishing site and get on the forum. Register and prowel around in the General Finishing, Tips and Reciepes areas. You can pick up all kinds of knowledge, plus ask questions and get good answers.

-- Jerry

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 12:13 AM

A waterborne polyurethane floor finish, like Varathane, is durable and easy to apply by brush. It’s tough enough to dance on. Don’t get involved with multi-part multi-step schemes that only create opportunities for problems. Finishing ain’t complicated unless made so.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 12:31 AM

Jerry – good tip, I’ll check it out.

Clint – I really like your approach. Keep it simple… I do want a happy medium between looking and feeling like wood and having a durable finish. I figured if I just used straight poly, it would end up not feeling like wood, but more like plastic. In all honestly, I haven’t tested it out yet, so I think I’ll give it a shot.

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 03:01 AM

I would use a Watco danish oil…comes in various walnut shades. Then an oil polyurethane.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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