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Forum topic by seabiscuit68 posted 04-07-2013 10:12 AM 726 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2013 10:12 AM


I am finishing up a table / cabinet. It maple plywood for the box (sides, shelf, bottom), maple plywood for the door panels, solid maple on the face frame, solid zebrawood for the door frames, and a combination of solid maple and zebrawood on the top.

It will be in a living room and will have stuff placed on top of it – so protection / sealing is important to me.

I read on here that putting a thin (single) coating of shellac over the entire cabinet / table and then throwing on 1 or 2 coats of poly would provide sealing and protection. Others say shellac and poly should never be combined.

The overall goal is to seal / protect but maintain the natural color -


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#1 posted 04-07-2013 10:35 AM

Water based poly will seal and protect while not changing color.

Sometimes people want warmer more vibrant look and choose other finishes. The water-based poly only gives a slight wet colorless look.

Easy to apply and cleanup.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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