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I am still fairly new to woodworking and finishing my first end tables. I used red oak because I got a it for a good deal. My question is how many coats of minwax fast drying poly do you guys usually apply to the top for good protection? I applied the poly uncut with a foam brush, the finish is nice and smooth but I can see a few small pin holes in the areas with a lot of grain. I have about 5 coats on now, can too many coats cause problems? Thanks Jim
 

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Thanks for the replies. Last year I replaced my carpeted stairs with oak and I learned when applying the poly with a foam brush if you will just very lightly drag the brush over the poly right after you apply it this will eliminate the bubbles and after drying leaving a very smooth finish. I have read where a lot of people use fillers and some say it is not needed. The end tables are the mission style and stained with Early American stain and are for the family room is why I used poly. The finish right now is very smooth and when you run you hand across the top you can just barely feel the rise and dip of the grain which I like for a family room end table. I just didn't know how many coats people typically put on table tops.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I have thinned the poly about 50/50 before and wiped on with good results and I will do that for my final coat. My basement is a little cool right now so I am going to wait awhile before applying any more finish. So if I where to use fillers on pours woods (oak) that I wanted to stain would mixing an oil based paste filler with an oil based stain give me good results?
 
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