|Forum topic by Spacehog||posted 04-28-2014 07:18 AM||1614 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
04-28-2014 07:18 AM
Ahoy there! I am just getting back into woodworking after a long time away and I have a question about wood finish for my current project. i was told by my shop teacher that you should always use some sort of finish on any wood project. But I don’t remember much about it, so I’ve ordered some books on the topic. In the mean time, I am finishing up a work bench for my garage. I would like to finish it so that it will last longer and such, but I’m not really sure what to use. Although the bench is kind of outside (garage), I don’t really plan to have it out in the rain or sun. I’m not concerned as much about looks either. My main concern is durability and longevity of the finish. Well, I suppose saving a bit of money couldn’t hurt either.
I have a lot of finishes that I could potentially use from a friend, but I’m just not sure why I should use one over the other. A lot of the work I’ve done up until this point has needed food safe finishes which is not the case here. I’ve also worked a fair amount on the lathe and used some finishes that seem to be unique for lathe work (Hut crystal coat, CA wood finish, etc.). I’ve used stuff like Thompson’s Water Seal for outdoor stuff that is in the sun/rain. I suppose a product like Thompson’s might be appropriate for my work bench, but I just don’t know.
A little information about the bench itself: It’s made from pine 2×4s, 2×6s, 4×4s for most of the structure. The top is pine plywood with hardboard as the very top surface.
Any input is welcomed! Thanks in advance!
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