looking for the best finish for an outdoor covered porch table made from HW flooring

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Forum topic by Exibar posted 05-14-2018 12:19 PM 1061 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2018 12:19 PM

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HI all! I have this crazy idea to build a table for the farmers porch out of scraps left over from my hardwood floor installs. I have white oak, and 4.75” Acacia from Lowes, prefinished.

The oak I know will take anything I throw at it, however, I like the look of the Acacia, and I’d just like to put a very durable clear Poly perhaps on top of it. I want to seal all the seams and what not for this table. This way it will be easier to clean without having to dig out grime from the seams.

I’m thinking a think surface of oil based poly urethane. But how will that react to the finish on the Acacia? Anyone know? Is there anything better for a table top than oil based poly? the table will be out of the elements, as it’s on a covered farmer’s porch. but I’d like to keep it as protected as possible with the finish work.

What would y’all recommend me to pick up at Lowes or Home Depot to try out? I have some cut off pieces of the acacia flooring that I can try. My options for stores are limited, unless I want ot drive an hour each way up to Foxboro, Mass.

I was thinking of lightly sanding the Acacia to rough up the surface to give the poly something to grip only, as it’ s pretty smooth right now. Any other suggestions?

I’m also wondering what to use for legs, any suggestion for a “farm, country” type table? for the legs? I do not have a wood lathe, so I cannot turn anything :-(

thank all! Mike B

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#1 posted 05-14-2018 01:41 PM

will that table be exposed to any of the elements that could affect the finish ??
there are hundreds and hundreds of “farm table” examples on the internet.
google and pinterest is your friend.
just choose one that is within your skill set and tool availability and build it.
closing the gaps in the wood will depend on what wood you choose and the ambient weather it is used in.
and – if it is 100% wood or a wood composite.
another line of thought would be the expansion and contraction of the wood to make the T&G joints
open and close on a regular basis. if you want the solid wood look, the edges must be smoothed
on a table saw or jointer for a firm glue joint.
many variables can affect your build and finish.

strong suggestion is to get your table fully built first – then come back for assistance on the coatings.


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