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Bench 85% compleat just need to flatten the top what finish should i use ?

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 11:39 PM
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I would use anything but a film finish. You could use watco oil finish, tung oil, linseed oil, mineral oil or johnson paste wax. All you need is something to keep wood glue from sticking to it.
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It's a work bench not a dining table.
I would use an oil finish like Steve suggested.
As far as the top goes, you may want to make a router sled to flatten the top. It's easy to do.
Here's a video that helped me make mine. It's the wood whisperer.

http://youtu.be/qtkBZHLJyD0

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i just finished my bench. i had the same questions as you have now.

flatten it with a hand plane. start with a #5 with fore blade, and then switch to a #4 smoothing plane. that is REAL wood working. :D

for a finish. i used watco danish oil, i am happy with the results. but ...

my problems with that stuff are: (1) you don't really know what is in it, and (2) it's kind of expensive. i got a pint, and it was barely enough for 2 coats, and my bench is much smaller than yours

if i was doing it again, i'd mix my own rub, with turpentine, boiled linseed oil, satin poly, and some japan drier.

watco doesn't reveal their ingredients, but that is essentially what a danish oil is. change the amount and type of varnish to control the sheen and glossiness.

i would make mine with 2 pints BLO, 2 pints turp, a little poly (only 1/2 pint or less) and a little japan drier

this recipe is also pretty similar to what a rubbable spar varnish would be like.

that would make it easy to apply with a rag, dry pretty fast, and the poly would give it a little extra protection.

or leave the poly out and you have an oil rub.

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It's a work bench not a dining table.
I would use an oil finish like Steve suggested.
As far as the top goes, you may want to make a router sled to flatten the top. It's easy to do.
Here's a video that helped me make mine. It's the wood whisperer.

http://youtu.be/qtkBZHLJyD0
I saw a video by the wood whisper guy on flatting the top with a router sled seems easer than a plane witch I have no experience With
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Dang thing is its up side down and it must weigh more than my table saw
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heh. heavy is good. it wont move when you are doing stuff on it.

mine is too little and too light. it slides too easily when i am planing
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Chris Curl (and others), FYI, my bottle of Japan Dryer warns not to use with polyurethanes. I could theorize why, but my last chemistry class was about 25 years ago so I won't even try. Maybe someone who is in the know will chime in here with the answer.

Chris Lewis - I vote with Steve and Dominick for the oil finish. It's quick, easy and relatively cheap depending on your oil choice. I would go with BLO thinned with a little mineral spirits to make it easier to handle. I'd go with 2-3 coats spaced a day or two apart. If you wanted, you could add Japan Dryer to speed the drying.

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