Any suggestions on how to finish Butternut?

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Forum topic by Kv0nT posted 11-15-2013 04:26 AM 959 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 04:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing butternut varnish lacquer oil table

I’m almost done with this butternut end table and I need some finishing advice. Is a poly-thinner-oil mix the way to go? I need something that will toughen it up and make it a little less susceptible to denting. But I obviously don’t want it to look hideous.

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 05:28 AM

No finish will make the wood less prone to denting. Film forming finishes such as lacquer and polyurethane have better water and chemical resistance than oil finishes. Shellac falls somewhere between the two.
I would say if it will be stained first, use lacquer as a topcoat.
If it will be a natural color piece, use shellac.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 08:17 AM

Use an oil. If it dents the wet rag and Iron trick pulls the dent and a lil steel wool and a lil oil and it’s back to normal. Just like a hunting rifle. Only an idiot would urethane a hunting rifle.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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