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post #1 of 2 Old 06-14-2013, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Sealing/Oiling birch and maple plywood workbench

Hello all. First of all I've enjoyed reading some of the excellent threads on the forum, thanks to everyone who puts their time into making this a fun place.

I finally got around to extending my workbench this last week but haven't decided how to finish it.

The original part is on the left and I believe the plywood is birch. It was my first time really working with wood so there's a lot of wood filler on that part which makes me worry that the finish will look truly bad. Also the front piece has a slight satin finish. The new part of the right is maple and completely untreated. Only a tiny bit of filler was used to cover screws.

Its far from the most well thought out or executed bench, but its very sturdy and is going to be a great space.

My current thought is to use tung oil to get a little harder surface that won't show every single drop of liquid I spill on it. Shellac has come up as an idea as well as linseed or polyurethane. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I don't expect this workbench to ever be beautiful, but I'd love to give it a little protection and finish.

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Well it's not birch. Looks like yellow pine to me banded with white wood 1x4's to me. The tung oil finish would probably wear a lot better than a film finish such as shellac or polyurethane. A film finish will be easy to scratch and mar. From time to time you could renew the finish by adding a coat of tung oil. Shellac would be a better film finish as you could wipe it down with alcohol to melt away the surface scratches.
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