|Forum topic by JohnMcD348||posted 08-10-2014 12:48 PM||800 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-10-2014 12:48 PM
I’ve got my workbench designed and will start building it in a few days. I’ll be using plain Yellow Pine and it will be in my garage on a concrete floor. It can get into the 110’s during the hot Florida Summers and humidity is also a concern to some degree. I am not adverse to using 2 different types of finishes if needed. One for the top and one for the base.
For the top, I’d like something that would help protect it from chemicals and general abuse. Something that won’t start deteriorating even if I wipe it up immediately or won’t get “sticky” from high heat since it’s sitting in a hot garage, not from direct heat. I don’t expect it to remain stain free and perfect forever, but, I don’t want it to be ruined the first time I get a small bit of oil on it or if I’m working on a radio and a little spray electronic cleaner hits it and I wipe it up. I expect it to get dinged, maybe even chipped. It’s a workbench. I just don’t want it to be naked wood I think finishing it will make it more comfortable to work at also than bare wood.
For that base, I want something that will help make it easy to keep clean and protect it from humidity. Also, will applying this finish to the end grain that will make contact with the concrete help prevent any moisture absorption? Should I be considering something else to help that?
I’d like something fairly clear or maybe with a slight tint to it but wouldn’t really cover up the wood. It’ll be in a part of the garage that doesn’t get much natural lighting so I don’t want the surface to be too dark. Also, I’d plan on putting multiple coats of the finish on when I do this.
I appreciate any input you have on this. I’m pretty new to woodworking so I’m still learning so please feel free to elaborate on what I should use and why.