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woodetal

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12-14-2019 06:04 PM

I just sanded down my

bench, 7” of oak on the edge and pine for the rest of the top. It is a multi task bench, not dedicated to furniture making. What finishes have you used?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 07:34 PM

The only one I’ve used is a mixture of beeswax, BLO, and turpentine (or MS, either one). Let the wax dissolve in the MS, mix it up and add BLO. It does take a day or 2 to dry but never flakes or chips, is easily renewable, and does offer some moisture resistance. It you drip a little glue on it, it pops right off.

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pottz

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 09:04 PM

ive always just waxed mine considering the abuse it gets i can just apply more wax as needed.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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JayT

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#3 posted 12-14-2019 09:09 PM

I just use a coat or two of Watco Danish oil. Simple to use and it offers a bit of protection and color without making the bench slick.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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Axis39

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#4 posted 12-14-2019 09:22 PM



ive always just waxed mine considering the abuse it gets i can just apply more wax as needed.

- pottz

Bowling Alley Wax is one of my favorites.

A lot of the time I just throw whatever bottle of old finish is on the shelf, if I do anything at all. Could be shellac, could be polyurethane, could be BLO…. But, it almost always gets wax on top.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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pottz

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 11:55 PM


ive always just waxed mine considering the abuse it gets i can just apply more wax as needed.

- pottz

Bowling Alley Wax is one of my favorites.

A lot of the time I just throw whatever bottle of old finish is on the shelf, if I do anything at all. Could be shellac, could be polyurethane, could be BLO…. But, it almost always gets wax on top.

- Axis39


ok i just heard of a new one, bowling ally wax,whats different?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Mr_Pink

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#6 posted 12-15-2019 03:52 AM

I don’t have a finish on my workbench top, and I never think about adding one.

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Mosquito

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#7 posted 12-15-2019 03:56 AM

I too skip the finish on my bench

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GrantA

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#8 posted 12-15-2019 04:07 AM

My bench is old butcher block countertop, after sanding the funk off them I used danish oil and paste wax

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MrWolfe

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#9 posted 12-15-2019 04:21 AM

i like Fred Hargis’s finish. I played around with one that is similar.
Here is the link to a recipe I came up with for benches.
I love it. Easy to apply and maintain. Just tacky enough for a bench but a beautiful finish.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/replies/5230001
Good luck with your bench!
Jon

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pottz

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#10 posted 12-15-2019 04:26 AM



My bench is old butcher block countertop, after sanding the funk off them I used danish oil and paste wax

- GrantA


My bench is old butcher block countertop, after sanding the funk off them I used danish oil and paste wax

- GrantA


now that’s a patina,a mans bench top tells his storey.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Axis39

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#11 posted 12-15-2019 05:20 AM


ok i just heard of a new one, bowling ally wax,whats different?

- pottz

It’s bowling alley wax…. At least that’s what it was originally decveloped for. I used to use Johnson brand, but Home Depot stopped carrying it. So, now I use: Butcher's. I buy it in a smaller container at Home Depot (or at least I did last time I needed some… I can’t find it online there now.)

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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SMP

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#12 posted 12-15-2019 05:29 AM

I followed Richard Maguire’s advice of mixing 50/50 BLO and terps, and applying enough coats where no more will soak in(5 or 6 in my case). Has a nice grippy texture that helps keep your work from flying around like a waxed bench, but glue drips still pop off.

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 12-15-2019 01:32 PM

For those of you who just use wax, I assume you are using a paste wax? Is it a PITA dealing with it collecting in the little divots that result over time from use? I would be concerned that any divots that retain a glob of wax I miss when buffing it might deposit it on something I’m working on and affect finishes?

-- 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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fuigb

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#14 posted 12-15-2019 01:49 PM

Wipe-on poly, maybe 10 or 15 coats. It is so easier to clean off the spills and glue that come with ordinary use.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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LittleShaver

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#15 posted 12-15-2019 02:51 PM

Shellac. Easy to apply, easy to renew, glue pops off, and a great way to use up extra.

-- Sawdust Maker

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