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#1 posted 09-17-2018 03:23 PM

Amazing work.

I can tell you BLO will not seal MDF against water.

Not sure what to tell you to use without ruining the detail.

I would probably spray a couple seal coats of shellac and top with polyurethane.

Are you going to put a glass top on it?

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+1 on Shellac and Poly. I would use oil based poly not the water based. Water causes MDF to swell and the shellac might not completely prevent a little penetration. And I would cover that with glass to protect it. I would also test any finishing regimen on another piece of MDF with some basic carving, but with at least a little fine detail, before you chance ruining all of your work.

It might be cool filled with a clear resin as well but I would be afraid that trapped bubbles would be a nightmare.

Amazing work by the way. Just be glad that it was MDF and not particleboard like most furniture is made with these days.

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