Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Caye Caulker, Belize
I used to use pre-finished clear coated maple a lot, the finish was a really durable urethane.
You handle it just like any other material you don't want to scratch or ding.
Place it carefully on something smooth and slide flat to transport.
Do the same when placing it on table saws and work surfaces, the finish I used was actually more forgiving/harder than raw wood.
Use sharp blades, score cuts across the grain if using pre-finished 2 sides.
If you are using a normal table saw with no scoring blade you make 2 passes, first pass with blade 1/16" up, second pass with blade gullets above top.
Can be edge-banded with pre-finished tape, contact cement, iron on, etc.
I gently trim the edges with a fine-tooth flat file held at slight angle above flat side of panel.
You can wax the flat sides near the edges so the file slides off if you are new to this, clean up excess glue and wax with thinner.
Last edited by bzguy; 08-27-2014 at 05:43 PM.