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Forum topic by fisherdoug09 posted 08-08-2018 11:30 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2018 11:30 PM

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Hello, I am building a wood kitchen sink counter top using Doug Fir for a friend. Just not sure what is going to be the best finish to use. I have done some research and asked a local woodworker and find the answer is all over the board as what to use. Would like to see what you guys think. Thanks

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 03:48 AM

Waterlox is a good finish for sink areas. I wouldn’t use fir though. It will dent easily. I’d go with a harder wood.

-- 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 08-09-2018 04:41 AM

How about an epoxy bar top finish?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 08-09-2018 05:21 AM

Yes to Laz... BUT go to Rich “I’d go with a harder wood.” then me I say ALDER
Here is a site that makes them

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 03:08 PM

I used Arm-r-seal on mine and have been extremely happy with how it has held up after a year of hard use. I am not a fan of the thick epoxy look. It is on a Sapele counter top however which is a good bit harder. I posted a blog on here about the process. I think in total I applied 7 coats? thinning each coat a little more as I went and sanding in between which left a very nice surface.

After one year, leaving water on it daily around the sink area, we have zero stains and only a few scratches which is surprising because my wife cooks a ton and our small kids like to help. I was expecting to have to reapply finish every year or so, but it doesn’t need any attention yet!

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 03:12 PM

I just realized that the kitchen island I made a few years back (project here) which was made from poplar (very soft!) was finished with arm-r-seal as well and even in all the dents and gouges (a lot!) the finish never chipped or peeled or needed re-applying. No water stains on it either. I love this stuff and use it on nearly everything.

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 03:14 PM

Mine is maple flooring with 4 brushed on poly on it. Still in very good shape after 19 years.


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