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Forum topic by OaklandAl posted 10-28-2014 10:55 PM 719 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OaklandAl

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10-28-2014 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question reclaimed finishing salvaged butcher block

Hello LumberJocks!

I am a complete novice and could use some guidance from the pros. I have acquired a huge salvaged butcher block style workbench top (54×64) and I am hoping to use it as a dining room table. I would like to maintain the patina to an extent but would not mind losing/lightening some of the paint and filling some of the larger gouges. Also it is fairly grimy, reeks of linseed oil, and might weigh 400lbs. I did clean a corner of it with a little steel wool (000) and liked the result. Would you guys recommend working through a few grades of steel wool to help smooth and clean it a bit before sealing? How should I attack this thing? Thanks so much! Additional pics are here


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#1 posted 10-28-2014 10:59 PM

Use 0000 steel wool and a liquid stripper/after wash to clean it up. Leave some of the paint and don’t fill in the knicks etc – honor it’s past. Then coat it with some shellac or varnish of your choice, rub it down with more 0000 steel wool and wax and enjoy.

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 06:43 PM

Thanks so much for the advice! What would you recommend in terms of after wash? Mineral Spirits? Thanks again!

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 09:20 PM

Sure, you could wipe it down with that. That is just how I would do it. Industrial chic is hot and a lot of people wouldn’t even touch that top, steel edge and all. They’d just find some machine base to put the top on.

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