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Forum topic by Jeff B. posted 12-29-2016 06:11 AM 664 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff B.

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12-29-2016 06:11 AM

Hello,

Last week, my dad and I built this cabinet for my garage. It is built from sanded birch plywood with 1×2 maple for the face frame. My intention was to paint the cabinet gray and use poly’d birch slab doors (see the other thread I just started).

My wife has decided she likes the look of the wood and wants the entire thing clear coated w/poly or some type of varnish (tung oil? Waterlox?). Though I didn’t build it with the intent of crafting a fine piece of furniture, after inspecting there are really only a couple exposed screws… and it’s in a garage, not a china shop.

My wood finishing experience is almost zero – and it seems like options/opinions are endless. I’m wondering the easiest method to build a durable “clear” finish on this cabinet, using water-based products (I don’t want a ton of amber). I was considering Enduro Var, because a little tint would be OK, and also potentially just regular water-based poly. Any other insight or opinion?

Thank you


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 12:23 PM

Using a waterborne (Enduro Var would work well) is a good choice for your criteria because they are color fast, they don’t turn more yellow over time as an oil based finish will.

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 02:13 PM

Agree a wb will give no or less color, but birch plywood looks good with some color imo. Since this is in the garage, it would be a good place to try some things and build on your “0” finishing experience.

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 02:19 PM

It’s just garage shelving, so I’d just paint it the same time you paint them walls :)

If it’s going to be used like the storage areas in my garage, it’s going to get banged up and dirty anyway.

Cheers,
Brad

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Jeff B.

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 02:29 PM



Agree a wb will give no or less color, but birch plywood looks good with some color imo. Since this is in the garage, it would be a good place to try some things and build on your “0” finishing experience.

- OSU55

Thanks

I agree, I would like just a bit of color… But not sure I want traditional amber

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#5 posted 12-30-2016 01:41 AM

I like water based finishes, but be aware that the water will raise the grain on the birch. If you want it smooth, the first coat will need a light sanding, which would be a mite tedious with all those surfaces.

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#6 posted 12-30-2016 01:42 PM

Here's an easy way to add a different color to ob poly. With waterborne finish, Transtint can be added directly to the finish before application.

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