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I have a small pick-up load of reclaimed spalted Beech flooring. It is all 4"x3/4" and various lengths. It is tongue and groove and has channels routed on the back of each board. The pieces measure from 12 to 36". It is also full of flooring nails.

Here's the deal. I can't bring my self to get rid of such a pretty wood. By all accounts it's not worth the time and the energy to clean it up and plane it down.

Does anyone have an idea what a novice wood junkie might do with this stuff? :blink:
 

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Too Soft?

It seems like a really soft wood.

Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a beautiful work top.

If I were going to use it as a top what would be the best way to make it more durable? Resin? Some sort of rock hard finish?
 

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American beech has about the same Janke hardness rating as hard maple. Both can get dings.

The spalting may have softened the wood somewhat.

I do not think any coating is going to prevent dings on the top.

Lots of threads on the forum about coatings for bench tops.

The often cited options are :
a) No coating, leave natural
b) Oil or wax, so can be refreshed without sanding.
c) Poly or some hard film finish
d) Cover with masonite and replace masonite when it gets too rough.
 
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