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Coffee table finish

by Kirk650
posted 08-21-2017 11:24 PM


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Rich

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#1 posted 08-22-2017 01:45 AM

It sounds like he wants what he wants. I’m a big fan of Waterlox products. I wipe it though. I like the result better. It takes 3 or 4 coats, but it lays out nicer than brushing in my experience.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 08-22-2017 01:50 AM

Water based poly will give a durable finish that college kids can’t damage the furniture.

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#3 posted 08-22-2017 02:41 AM

If he wants to apply Waterlox, which I doubt he’s heard of, and which he can’t get here in the middle of nowhere (rural central Texas), it’s his job to do. He can’t have my can. And water based poly is for sure pretty tough, and I have had it on my workbench for years, but I’m afraid it won’t give a good final result, and probably won’t stick over Watco Danish Oil.

Maybe I can just do a test over some already stained wood, using the Minwax Poly. I have some samples left over from mixing and testing the new batch of dye.

I told her Dad that the Watco might pass water if the kids put a cold beer can on it. He said that his kid doesn’t drink beer. Right!

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#4 posted 08-22-2017 03:30 AM

Minwax wipe-on poly is easy and inexpensive. Hard to go wrong with that.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 08-22-2017 03:43 AM



Minwax wipe-on poly is easy and inexpensive. Hard to go wrong with that.

- RichTaylor


+1 on the Minwax wipe on poly. Avoid the brush version, hard to get a decent finish in my experience.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 08-26-2017 04:31 PM

Just for info, I decided against using Watco Danish Oil (too slow to dry) and went with Minwax Antique Oil, which is my favorite in that type of finish. That fixed the fibers that had risen from the water based stain, so I very lightly removed them with 400 grit sandpaper. Then applied the first coat of Waterlox. Looks great. One more coat of Waterlox and I might be finished up. If not, a third coat will do it.

This was the first time I used cherry plywood and finished it this way. It won’t finish like solid cherry, but I think the final result will look great.

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