First time finishing a table, can someone walk me through it like I'm a kid? - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3
View Jenny Zhang's Photo Album My Photos
First time finishing a table, can someone walk me through it like I'm a kid?

My kitchen table top is unfinished and extremely susceptible to water damage. Maker's website says it's made of unfinished European white oak, whatever that means. The wood definitely has a whitish tinge/rustic finish that I love.



I'd like to finish this table top so we can feel comfortable using it on a daily basis.

I've purchased the following:
General Finishes Seal-a-cell, clear, wipe on formula
General Finishes Arm-r-seal, satin, wipe on formula
220 grit sandpaper
Rags
Mineral Spirits
Finisher's Formula Natural Beeswax polish

Are these finishes the best way to go for me? I am really concerned about preserving the existing look of the table. If I've got the right materials, can you please run through what I'm supposed to do for me?

Thank you. I've never done anything like this before.
Jenny Zhang is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3
View Jenny Zhang's Photo Album My Photos
Another person recommended General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Topcoat, flat or Minwax Wipe on Poly instead

If these are a better option I will return the other stuff I bought :)

Last edited by Jenny Zhang; 05-25-2016 at 12:14 PM.
Jenny Zhang is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 01:57 PM
Senior Member
 
mikechell's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 1,266
View mikechell's Photo Album My Photos
Functional looking Table, Jenny. I'll leave it to the more experienced to give you advice on finishing. I, personally, would go with polyurethane ... but it's inexpensive and just what I've always used. On that table, you'll get better answers from others on here.

Welcome to the site.
mikechell is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 05:27 PM
Village Idiot
 
epicfail48's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Springfield MO
Posts: 4,786
View epicfail48's Photo Album My Photos
For a first time finisher a wipe in poky is going to be the way to go. It's simple to apply and pretty forgiving, in addition to not requiring any special gear.

Nothing wrong with the stuff you have now, although I'd skip the seal-a-cell, I can't see the benefit it would add under the poly. Application of a wipe on is pretty simple, you can either wet a rag with some and the literally wipe it on, or do with my personal favorite style of application and is to brush it on liberally, them wipe off the excess after a few minutes. Let the first coat dry, then apply 2 more in the same manner. Don't touch the piece with the sandpaper until you've wiped on 3 or 4 coats. Depending on how you want the finish to look, about 4 coats should give a more natural appearance,but personally I'd go with about 6 coats of wipe on

I need cheaper hobby
etsy.com/shop/projectepicfail
epicfail48 is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3
View Jenny Zhang's Photo Album My Photos
Thank you!

My only concern with the Arm-r-seal is that after I opened the can, I notice that it's got a warm brown color to it. I'd like to keep the original color of the wool (pale blondish-white) as much as possible.
Jenny Zhang is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 05-25-2016, 06:47 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 25,995
View Steve Neul's Photo Album My Photos
One problem with your finishing supplies is oil based finishes tend to yellow over time. In about ten years if the table is exposed to very much sun the finish will be noticeably yellow. If you think that is an issue you might want to go with an water based polyurethane. You could seal the wood with Zinsser Sealcoat which is a de-waxed shellac. This will seal the wood so the water in the waterborne finish doesn't raise the grain and will also make the grain pop.

I've never used those finishes you have listed. The description about the seal-a-cell is a bit disturbing. It claims to include wax and to use the Arm-R-Seal over the top. If it were me I would use the Arm-R-Seal without the Seal-A-Cell.

With any urethane finish such as Arm-R-Seal a polish isn't needed and shouldn't be used at all until the finish is a month old. The finish needs to fully cure before anything is put on the finish. If you have the means of spraying a finish I would apply it that way. If not find the softest brush you can find and apply the finish as thin as you can with as few strokes as possible. The more you brush it the more the brush marks will show. If it's getting warm where you are you might want to add a little Flood Penetrol to the finish. This will slow the drying time down a little so the finish will flow out better.
Steve Neul is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build Your Own Router Table treewok2512 Power Tools & Machinery 23 09-16-2018 01:47 PM
Finishing a living room table Nectarine Wood Finishing 21 05-15-2017 05:11 AM
Last person to post in this thread wins!!!! Boomhower Off Topic 5968 03-14-2016 10:20 AM
Walnut dining table finishing ideas DeanK Wood Finishing 5 11-16-2015 08:57 PM
Wolfcraft 6157 router table. dbhost Tool Reviews 2 10-02-2015 08:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome