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post #1 of 6 Old 02-17-2020, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hello. I built the dining table from pine. I ended stained it with oil based varathane stain. I also wanted to try to apply liming wax to get it into the cracks for the interest.
I was thinking about applying “old masters tung oil varnish”, but i am not sure that it will work.
I really do not want to apply poly. Do i have any other options?
I do like the feel of waxed furniture but I doubt that will be a good option for the dining table.
I really appreciate the help.

P.S. i havent stained the tabletop yet, so maybe i should concider different stain? Would tung oil varnish go over waterbased stain?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-17-2020, 08:44 PM
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I am biased about a dining room table finish. I like the durability of a poly (spar) finish. Lots of family functions, loads of spills and messes with nine grandkids.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-18-2020, 10:24 AM
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Target Coatings EM8000 conversion varnish is an excellent product. The cross linker additive can be used for an extremely durable finish.
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Thank you, Robert. that sounds promising. Do I understand it correctly that in order for it to go over the oil based stain I will have to put a shellac sealer on top prior to this?
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Though you said you didnt want to use poly but you liked the feel of a wax finish. Theres a product called Polyvine thats a wb poly but will give you a wax finish feel to it.
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I usually use shellac. Do not use Zinnser, it has additives which can cause crazing in the finish. I usually mix my own. I do believe you can go right over the oil based stain as long as you wait the correct amount of time. Target's website may have more information on that. They are also very helpful if you call them. What I like about Target is most all their finishes burn in, like nitro lacquer. With poly, if you apply 4 coats of poly, you have 4 separate coats on the project.
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