Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Back on the topic of "Coating".............................I have always made my "workbench' with a plywood top and never coated any of them. I have used Formica on my assembly tables and those that didnt get Formica got nothing on the plywood tops.
I have always sprayed lacquer on my furniture and turnings, which is unfortunately, at times, one heck of a solvent if it spills and lacquer thinner is even more of a solvent. What I am getting at is that I didn't want to risk one hell of a mess if the lacquer or thinner spilled on my work surfaces that had been previously coated.
Most of my shops were not heated or cooled and lived in very humid climates like in Little Rock, Ar, Biloxi, Ms. and around the SE Houston area. My uncoated tops never showed any signs of bloating, splitting or anything else. I have always used the typical cabinet grade plywood.
Sorry about making a short story long. Comes with age.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx