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Forum topic by harriw posted 622 days ago 1080 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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harriw

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622 days ago

Hey folks,

I just finished up my new router table (loosely based on Steve Ramsey’s (stevemarin) design with plenty of “Norm” influence – I’ll post some pictures later on). I’m a big fan of the un-finished look, but I’m thinking I probably ought to put some sort of finish on this to protect it for its lifetime of use.

Problem is I’m not very knowledgable about finishes – my experience is limited mainly to minwax stains followed by polyeurethane (I’ve used both water and oil based) – mainly in “wood butcher” type projects, stair treads, and stuff like that.

But because of the (relatively) tight tolerances involved in the drawers, table trim-to-table height, etc., I don’t want to use anything that will build up with any appreciable thickness. Otherwise my drawers won’t fit, my table top edging will stick up above the table surface, etc. So Poly is out.

What would you folks recommend? Would I be Ok putting on some oil-based stain and calling it finished? Or is there something else out there that would seal things up better, but still soak in and not build at all?

Thanks a lot!

-- Bill - Western NY


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 622 days ago

Danish oil and some wax.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Surfside

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#2 posted 622 days ago

Tung oil , no wax maybe :) or tung oil with paste wax ..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 622 days ago

+2 on danish oil.

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 622 days ago

+3 on danish oil.
I’d skip the wax.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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harriw

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#5 posted 622 days ago

Sounds like Danish oil is the winner – I’m assuming it’ll soak in without building on top of the wood?

Thanks!

-Bill

-- Bill - Western NY

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 622 days ago

Latex/acrylic interior wall paint topped with waterborne poly.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Cosmicsniper

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#7 posted 622 days ago

Dude, Clint, that’s awesome!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#8 posted 622 days ago

I like the wax to keep friction down and to provide some moisture protection, but that’s certainly an individual preference.

Danish oil won’t build up a film finish, but will give it a little protection.

BTW, I’m of the school of thought that you shouldn’t use a film finish anyway. It really wouldn’t keep things from getting dinged up and really starts to look bad once it does…and refinishing is a pain. With an oil, you just sand it back a little and replenish when you think it needs it.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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woodworm

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#9 posted 618 days ago

Danish oil and polish by buffing maybe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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