I need some advice in an area I have never been before.
I am building a table with red oak for my church in the new fellowship hall. I want a very smooth, glass like surface. I’ve googled and read a bunch of stuff and much of it says pumice is hard to use and often gives bad results with red oak. I have finished several walnut gun stocks and the technique I use is to use Birchwood Casey Tru Oil Stock Finish which I apply generously, let dry then apply again using 600-800 wet/dry sandpaper to fill the grain. Then I apply 3 more coats and I get a beautiful glass finish. Is this an acceptable technique for red oak or am I going to ruin the beauty of the wood? Oh and I am not using any stain. I like natural wood colors.
I also want the surface to be durable and allow people to put drinks on without fear of damaging the wood. Should I use poly or lacquer topcoat?
-- Life is like a peice of wood, you can complain about the knots or you can make them beautiful.