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Posted on Poly on worktable how to roughen

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#1 posted 01-27-2018 02:21 PM

Keep in mind it is a work bench, it’s a tool, and it will get banged up. You can always resurface down the road if it gets too bad.

If you really want to go the poly route, I’d just wipe on a couple of thin coats and not try to build a film finish. Get enough on there to seal the pores, and give a little protection. At least for the top; the base isn’t a problem to go with a thicker finish.

Leaving the top surface rougher is probably a good idea. I’m not sure scuff sanding a final thick film (if you go that route) finish would give you a lot of bite, but it couldn’t hurt.

I also avoid doing any work on my bench that may leave dust or chips that could damage projects; like metal work. You can always vacuum it good, but I don’t want to take the risk.

-- John

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