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#1 posted 01-02-2019 03:02 AM

Ok… Are you sure they were bubbles in the finish and not dust? Did you wipe down the board with a tack cloth or a micro fiber cloth to remove all the sanding before applying the finish? Looking back at the original pictures I’m not so sure that they were bubbles at all.

I don’t think you should be having so much trouble – people put poly on oak every day. It shouldn’t need much fussing over. Just make sure the workpiece is clean, don’t shake the can of finish, and do nice even strokes with the grain.

I’d recommend doing a test board – sand some scrap just like you did the top, and apply some poly. See what happens. I don’t think shellac is necessary – I just suggested that if you decided to use polycrylic since its water based.

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