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Forum topic by newbienewb posted 10-14-2018 02:46 AM 632 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newbienewb

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10-14-2018 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood refinish polyurethane

We bought a reclaimed wood table from World Market. We really like the style and the look of the table but would prefer if we could smooth the table top and put on a clear polyurethane coat. But in addition to the rough surface there are seams between the wooden planks and there are small nail holes. I know that this is sort of the point of the style but I’d like to make the surface more durable and less likely to get bits of food stuck on its surface.

Is this doable? How would I go about doing this? Complete newbie.


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#1 posted 10-14-2018 03:05 AM

You can put on an epoxy that will definitely smooth over everything. It will just be very shiny.

https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/varathane/epoxy-based-clear-finish/bar-and-table-finish

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 03:24 AM

Epoxy is a great idea because it will self level.

You could do a poly on it but it will take a long time to build up enough layers to cover the bumps from the planks.

You could also sand it down flat and then poly it. That does lose some of the character bit gets you where you want to go.

Closing the holes will mean filling them and they may show up more or worse after you do it

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