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Forum topic by GBello posted 08-21-2020 05:49 AM 437 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2020 05:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip trick question maple finishing traditional modern rustic

hello, i am new at woodworking and i am working on a live edge maple for a coffee table. what would be a good finish to make it pop and protect it from scratches etc? thanks in advance

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#1 posted 08-21-2020 10:39 AM

Any type of clear top coat like water based poly or polyacrylic.

Whatever you do, don’t stain it!

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#2 posted 08-21-2020 11:50 AM

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#3 posted 08-21-2020 12:14 PM

thanks for the suggestions and advice

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#4 posted 08-21-2020 01:00 PM

I would add to practice on scraps of the exact same material you are using for your product, and prepped to the same level as your product. Use some of the offcuts you end up with, planed, sanded, and scraped, just like the project, and it will allow you to see successes, as well as potential mistakes, before they mar the work you have done on your project.

Sometimes it’s really hard to be patient, we finish something, and get in a hurry to see it POP, and look pretty. So we often rush at the exact time we should slow down. Pro’s have deadlines to meet, they require special equipment, and finishing products. We don’t need those, but our methods do require more time.

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#5 posted 08-21-2020 04:39 PM

thank you, i will definitely follow your advice

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#6 posted 08-21-2020 06:21 PM

My go to finish now is Osmo Polyx, it is extremely easy to use, will not add color to your table and extremely durable. It is a little pricey but you use very little to complete the job. There are a lot of youtube videos here is one of them. Woodwhisperer

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