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keith204

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28 days ago

I’m building a small table + chairs set for my kids. We have a 2 year old as well as another due July 14.

Table: complete. It’s hickory/pecan. I used TransFast orange dye, followed up with a handful of layers of tinted shellac and GF Java Gel, then topped with a wipe-on poly mix (poly + MS). It took a lot of layers, and a lot of work. However, I achieved the med/dark finish with warm glow I was looking for.

Chairs (oak) – they are going to be scooted, bumped against the table, forks fallen on them, toppled over on the floor, banged against each other, and kids pocket buttons scraping against them as they sit and squirm.

I’m curious what type of varnish you’d use.

My coloring coats will likely be: TransFast orange, 1lb shellac, and GF Java Gel. I may modify that slightly if the chairs need to be darkened more, but those are the basics.

My considerations for the top coats are:
  • Wipe on poly mix
  • Spray Polyurethane
  • Spray Lacquer
  • Some custom varnish mix (solvent + oil + poly)
  • I’m open to other options.

What would you use?

For the record, this pic doesn’t do the finish justice. There is a good deal of depth, where the light catches the orange wood fibers differently depending on where you are standing in relation to the light sources. So, just imagine.

No pieces of the chair were glued at this point: :)


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 28 days ago

If you think that there is a chance that they will chew on them, then I would use shellac. It’s what I use on baby cribs for that reason.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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keith204

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#2 posted 28 days ago



If you think that there is a chance that they will chew on them, then I would use shellac. It s what I use on baby cribs for that reason.

- Monte Pittman

That was a fast response.

No, I don’t think chair-chewing will be an issue.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 28 days ago

Looks like ya got a pretty good finish on the little feller in the chair. :)
Why not just go with what ’s used on the table?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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keith204

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#4 posted 28 days ago



Looks like ya got a pretty good finish on the little feller in the chair. :)
Why not just go with what s used on the table?
Bill

- Bill White

Good Q. I may. Spray-on sounds a lot easier, but maybe it’s not. Also, another table I refinished with wipe-on recently got a couple of scratches in it that are driving me nuts. I’m wondering if the wipe-on poly is advisable for chairs still (esp getting knocked against the table & other chairs so many times). If Lacquer spray will be easier and more maintainable, I may do that instead.

But, I’m not completely against doing the wipe-on…

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Earlextech

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#5 posted 28 days ago

For me – spray on poly – you wouldn’t have to worry about refinishing it until it gets passed on to their kids!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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