Maple sharpening station , considerations of wood finish

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Forum topic by cdnstudentwoodworker posted 05-14-2015 02:55 AM 872 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2015 02:55 AM

Hey yall , I had some left over maple from my almost complete workbench project and decided to make a sharpening station. The lower half is a old treadle base from a sewing machine and the top will either be strips or endgrain squares of hard maple. I use water stones so the more water resistant the better , but whether to use a normal finish like a danish oil and a clear or wax it like a cutting board. Another thought non finish related would be to put bolts through the top to tighten it up as the moisture getsinto the wood.

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 06:14 AM

Think of oil as a ‘lotion’ for wood, and wax is more like Chapstick. With that in mind, neither are actually ‘finishes’ and neither will prevent moisture penetration. (Except paraffin, it will block 100% of moisture, temporarily) I would either use nothing which will work fine but get nasty dirty, or cover it with laminate. Next best option would be an epoxy.

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