|Forum topic by NYCWoodMan||posted 01-20-2015 06:44 PM||2401 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-20-2015 06:44 PM
First post here.
I’m getting ready to make some tables from live edge slabs. My girlfriend’s father has a tree farm up in NH and I have a friend that works at a reclaimed lumber yard where I can get great wood at a great price, so I can get my hands on some sweet wood.
I’ve only worked with the reclaimed wood so far – mostly oak. For that, belt sander, random orbital sander, followed by Howard’s Citrus Shield Paste Wax and then Howard’s Feed & Wax. Really brings out the color of the wood, but not sure how durable it is. Only have used it for shelving and similar items.
First project is going to be two coffee tables made from new (well, not new, but never uses/not reclaimed) apple wood that has some pretty sweet spalting in it. The boards are 2 or 3 inches thick, and plenty dry.
What I’m curious about is how I should seal the wood. As a coffee table, I expect there will be drinks placed on them, possible spilled liquid. There’s no bark on this wood, so I don’t have to worry about that.
I also have, in my apartment!, a 74” by 18” by 2” slab of white ash, with two live edges that is currently drying out. Both live edges have bark, so I’m not sure how to properly seal that. That is a ways off, as it probably needs six or seven more months indoors to fully dry out. But figured I should ask now as well.
I’ve been reading “Wood Finishing 101” by Bob Flexner, but would like to get opinions of guys out there in the trenches.
For the apple I’m leaning toward poly, but am open to suggestions!
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