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Forum topic by alaskan79 posted 04-12-2009 05:58 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2009 05:58 PM


I was wondering what type of finish is best for a live edge bar top. It is a piece a cherry with bark on one side that is going to be a bar top.


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#1 posted 04-12-2009 09:02 PM

Henry, if I were going to do this project I would put on a coat of boiled linseed oil, seal it with a coat of shellac after it has time to cure and top the shellac with several coats of wipe-on oil-base polyurethane. I would think that the bar top is going to need both protection and water/alcohol resistance. BLO will give the wood some resistance to moisture penetration and enhance the grain while the shellac will seal the bar top and the poly will provide excellent alcohol and water resistance while producing a relatively hard topcoat.

You could get into some exotic finishes such as epoxies that will do a similar job both those are best left to experienced finishers, in my opinion.

By the way I would finish all surfaces of the bar top and not just rely on putting on a finish on the visible sides.

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 09:34 PM

I grew up in the restaurant business. I’ve built and finished many bar tops.
Here is one product that I highly recommend from actual experience.

Behlen/Master Rockhard Table Top Varnish

You’ll need their special solvent to dilute the first sealing coat.

It is worth the effort.

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