Hand scraped table top finish question

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Forum topic by westerndf posted 01-25-2012 02:11 AM 2403 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2012 02:11 AM

I have a been working on a hand scraped table top for a dinning room table. It is a 2” thick piece slab top that I have been hand planing and was thinking of scraping with a card scraper. It is looking good now with only planing but I am unsure if I should card scape of just go to finish. I looking for an older rough finish and don’t plan on sanding the top. I also need help figuring out what to do for a finish. I do not have access to spraying equipment and would like a durable finish because cranberries at thanksgiving would make a mess. Do I just go with an oil finish like Watco or should I bush on an oil polyurethane. Also how do I sand or remove nubs between coats of finish? Anyone have any advice please let me know. Thanks

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 04:10 AM

My preference for removing dust nibs is to run a very thin scraper across the surface lightly. Edges and other small areas I usually get with a folded piece of sandpaper and a couple light passes by hand.

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 12:07 AM

Consider a waterborne poly like Varathane. Their floor finish is fortified with aluminum oxide for increased durability. If it’s tough enough to dance on, it’s tough enough for a dining table.

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