Finish for workbench top?

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Forum topic by CWN posted 476 days ago 518 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have two maple butcher block workbench tops that I want to give a durable finish. I am NOT looking to change the color, so no staining is needed. I am looking for the best product to give the tops some protection from abuse. Is it poly, water based/oil based, what? I was thinking about a simple Minwax poly put on in a few coats, but I am open to all ideas.

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#1 posted 476 days ago

Watco, glue won’t stick to it very well, easy to apply (reapply), looks nice, hides scratches.

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#2 posted 476 days ago

The moment you dent a hard film finish, it looks like crap…and since its a workbench, you’ll get tons of dents in short order. Then, you have to refinish it. Not fun.

Like RodNGun, I think workbenches of this type should be oiled. Yes, it will change the color slightly.

-- jay,

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