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Forum topic by newtowoodworking posted 05-01-2013 09:36 AM 641 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newtowoodworking

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05-01-2013 09:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing rustic

hello—

i am relatively new to woodworking however i recently lucked into a large community table project for an area restaurant.

particulars:

3” thick hickory, 30” wide (with natural edge), and 12’ long. the table will be under roof but in unconditioned space (fairly shaded courtyard).

finish: i am using Watco Exterior but i am having a hard time getting a good, matte, consistent finish (after two coats it looks relatively splotchy, with some shiny and some dull spots).

i would love any suggestions for getting a good finish, including advice about sanding between coats (or not), using steel wool vs. sandpaper, how many coats are recommended, and whether i should consider using a paste wax as a top coat.

thanks a bunch for any and all help!


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#1 posted 05-02-2013 04:04 AM

Is this community table going to be eaten on all the time? Indoors? If so, I would go for the most durable, easy-to-refinish-if-needed coating. IMO, I would therefore lean toward 4+ coats of polyurethane – all coats gloss, and final coat of matte, or dull down easily with steel wood or a scotch pad. A periodic paste wax might add more protection, but may alter your achieved matte sheen.

Outdoor table? – this may require a very different answer.

For sanding between coats I recommend you go through the many refinishing threads – there is lots of different advice from different folks on different clear coat finishes.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 11:39 AM

thanks a bunch for the insights, redSLED.

the table is under roof, but open air, in a courtyard.

the restaurant owner chose the finish as she really wanted an oil base, matte finish that showcased the beautiful, rustic hickory grain.
i’ve applied one coat already of the Watco Exterior and i cut it with 1 part mineral spirits to 3 parts Watco.

that is a good idea regarding the steel wool/scotch pad as it seems this will cut down on the “shiny spots”. i wonder if i should do this between coats or maybe just at the end.?

what do you think about then finishing the top with johnson’s paste wax applied with 0000 steel wool and buffed out?

thanks again for the help!

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 04:35 PM

Your wax finishing ideas should work fine.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 11:56 PM

thanks for your help, redSLED.

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