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Forum topic by dougdeg posted 09-02-2009 02:55 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2009 02:55 PM

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Question for finishing table tops, Most of our tops are about 2” thick and have a natural edge to them, We are in northern michigan, I use the rub on minwax satin finish, should i be coating all sides including the bottom to protect against humidity wrapping. or should the bottom be done with a sanding sealer, what the best attack at this,
I have a walnut coffee table that has been in the home for about 2 years bottom is unfinished, we have had a lot of rain over the last month, and now it has develope a end check and a rasied crack.
most of our tops are cedar or walnut. some pine

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 03:08 PM

Doug, I always finish all surfaces of a table top, cabinet, etc. to even out moisture penetration. Finishes will not inhibit moisture penetration but only slow it down. If all surfaces are not sealed then the uneven penetration between the sealed and unsealed surfaces may result in cupping and checking as you have discovered.

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 10:01 PM

I agree with Scott

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 02:21 AM

I think Scott covered it pretty well. Always best to finish all surfaces.

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