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Forum topic by JAY Made posted 05-02-2015 03:35 PM 1023 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JAY Made

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05-02-2015 03:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry finishing

Hey Guys

A friend as asked me to make a cherry Kitchen/Dining room table. What is a good clear finish for a kitchen table? I use lacquer on a lot of my small projects just not sure if it would be good for this project.



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#1 posted 05-02-2015 04:42 PM

I spray all my tables with pre-catalyzed lacquer, and it is a very durable dining table finish. We have used tables daily for casual dining, for years on end, with no ill effects. The tables have dents in them, but the finish looks like new.
I like a satin finish, and spray 2-3 coats.

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 04:48 PM

Any of the pre catalyzed finishes would be good, but so would a good quality varnish (an alkyd resin/soya oil formula would be very nice, quite light in color, and very durable). Some of the waterborne finishes are water clear, if that’s what you want.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 09:08 PM

Pre cat lacquer. A minimum of five coats on the bottom and five coats on the top. I’ve got 3 going in the shop right now with all going to get satin pre cat lacquer.

! pine top, i oak top and one ambrosia maple top. No finish on them other them the pre cat lacquer.

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