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Posted on Best finish for redwood work bench to keep the color?

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 04:44 AM

Ok guys, you asked for it. Thanks for the input. This folding table was taken from Jock Holmen in the April /May American Woodworker magazine. His photos looked like a finer wood than 2x’s from the lumber center. I chose redwood sine I appreciate the color. Project was my first in several years, and I had a blast trying to mill, cut and shape with my limited shop space. I needed tables that stored in small spaces in an already crowed garage. I need to take the work outside the garage and still be able to stow it all away at the end of the day. I did manage to “create” my own top design from the remaining cut offs from the 4×4 posts cut down for the leg assemblies. These 1/2 inch slabs looked too good to go to waste. Experimented with a breadboard ends and found the boards with a thin plywood backer wasn’t strong enough. Added another 5/8 inch ply to bottom and still didn’t think a vise on the end would work well. Danish oil, with spar urethane finish. Not the toughest, but next step may be a resin finish thinned and brushed on. I tried that on a curb ramp for the RV and it turned out nicer than I realized it would.
This table is just one, in my portable shop and will always look better than anything else I have. Workmate with ply top, out feed table with the table saw that nests on top for another table and a pair of saw horses with a 24×30in top for a forth table. All easily broken down and stow able in 24 inch deep space. As I was getting ready to finish, the weather turned cold and I had to delay the finish. I live in the high desert of CA, plenty of sun, wind and looking forward to working outside again when the weather warms some. A great project for a guy who might be considered a “rookie” woodworker. I didn’t spend more than $75 for wood and hardware, learned a lot, and I just might have the first redwood workbench ever. It is pretty good looking! Thanks again for the input about finishing this one of a kind table with stool to boot.

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