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Forum topic by Ken72 posted 02-17-2009 09:10 PM 2466 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ken72

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02-17-2009 09:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing walnut sassafras

I’m about to start scraping and sanding on these two tables that I built for my parents. The woods are sassafras and walnut in the center of the top. Finishing is definitely not my strong suit. I would like something durable with a satin finish. I don’t have anywhere I can spray right now, so something hand-wiped would be great. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Sorry for the size of the second pic, photobucket is not my friend right now.


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#1 posted 02-17-2009 09:44 PM

The tables look real nice. I’d use a satin polyurethane…maybe two to three coats will do. Sand with 220 grit in between coats. Poly won’t show cup rings and is quite durable. Oh, and I just brush it on with a sponge brush. It’s self leveling.

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 12:05 AM

I use Pure Tung Oil from Woodcraft. Its great, a very durable and stable finish. I never use stains, so I can’t give an advise on that part…..After several days of drying I apply wax.

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 04:21 AM

I would agree with Dadoo. Wipe on polyurethane is almost a foolproof finish. It dries quickly, is self-leveling and runs are easily controlled. The only thing I do differently is I use a clean cotton cloth or paper towel to wipe it on. I find that technique goes much faster than brushing.

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#4 posted 02-18-2009 07:02 AM

Thanks for the help, guys.

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 07:12 PM

Someday, if I can find a clean rag, I’m gonna try a wipe-on approach just to see how it goes. Right now though I prefer the foam brushes as they dispose of easily and get into those nooks and cranny’s easily.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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