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Forum topic by Mammatus posted 07-18-2014 01:36 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mammatus

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07-18-2014 01:36 PM

I made a small solid maple stool for my daughter’s first birthday—relatively simple, small footstool that is about 8” tall, about a foot wide. The top has the letters of her name cut out like puzzle pieces.

I have sanded the entire stool to a wonderful soft finish (I love the feel of well-sanded maple) and now it is time to finish it. I have very little experience finishing maple. I don’t want to add any color – only something to protect it.

I have made a few small projects out of solid maple in the past which I simply finished with a few coats of danish oil – but this project is a bit different in that it needs to be protected from the abuse that will be subjected by a 1-year-old.

Any advice is welcome.


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timbertailor

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 01:48 PM

A simple lacquer finish is easy and will not change the wood color too much. A polyurethane finish will also provide good protection.

That is what I will be using on the drawers to my router table, made from Hard Maple and Padauk.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 01:50 PM

Waterborne top coat will not change the color at all

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

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Mammatus

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 02:15 PM

Cool – thanks for the quick replies.

Would a satin-finish poly provide protection but also still provide the soft feel without changing the color?

Alternatively, what are some names/brands of a waterborne top coat that would finish nicely?

Are all these options brushed or wiped on?

Thanks again!

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timbertailor

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 02:57 PM


Cool – thanks for the quick replies.

Would a satin-finish poly provide protection but also still provide the soft feel without changing the color?

Alternatively, what are some names/brands of a waterborne top coat that would finish nicely?

Are all these options brushed or wiped on?

Thanks again!

- Mammatus

A satin finish poly would provide excellent protection and with proper sanding afterwards, will provide a glass smooth surface when done. The only problem is finding a finish that will not change the color too much.

The water based solution is a good one if you are concerned about too much color change.

I spray most of my finishes but you can apply poly with a brush and it will look just fine.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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