May 12, 2018 at 9:29 am #4031
I sanded down my maple work bench top and I would like to put a new finish on it. What do you guys use? Recommend?
May 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm #4033
Buy a three stage HVLP system, a 10′ x 10′ spray booth with state of the art lighting and filtration. Then hand rub it with Liberon Finishing Oil.
May 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm #4034
Steve, I have never put a finish on my workbench, I don’t think it needs it. Been 20 years and it’s fine. If something goes though the paper I lay down, I try to clean up right away but if not I chip or scrape it off as soon as I can. If you’re going to put something on it maybe just a coat of shellac will do. If the issue is cleanup after glue or paint, it may help a little. Enjoy the bench, Charlie
May 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm #4035
This morning we put the first of 4 coats of boiled linseed oil on the new workbench we have been building in Corey’s shop. Each coat has to dry 24 hours and use steel wool between coats.
May 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm #4037
I agree with Charlie – go naked! The bench, that is. In the past I’ve used a coat of Watco Danish Oil to protect against glue. I use my bench for everything woodworking and around the house. So the oil makes cleanup a bit easier. It really just seals it so thing pop off easier. But it really isn’t necessary. A coat of hard wax would do the same thing. Definitely do not apply a film finish like lacquer or varnish. It will look pretty until you use it and it starts to scratch and chip. Then you’ll be scraping it off. Simple.
Rockler and a few of the other supply places sell a silicone matt to protect the bench during glue ups. I haven’t used one but it’s on my list. I hear it works well.
May 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm #4040
BLO or some wax
May 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm #4042
Thanks. I think I am going to start off with Joe Pascucci’s advice … after all, I don’t have a spray booth yet.
May 12, 2018 at 1:46 pm #4043
I was hoping you’d say that. You have room for an 8′ bench in that booth of yours?
May 13, 2018 at 11:19 am #4044
I oiled my bench, but it only looked good until it got it’s first ding. That was years ago, and if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have done it.
May 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm #4110
So I freshened up my old rolling bench and ended up using Bush Oil and wax. (photo attached) I didn’t end up buying a spray booth, even though Joe got me going. Time to clean up the second bench now.
I ditched my trusty Porter-Cable sanders for a new sander with vacuum … first time I used vacuum sanding wood. It was really weird. It felt like I wasn’t doing anything … I am used to judging progress by looking at the dust coming off and swirling around… am I crazy? It will take a little getting used to, but I am starting to think about health.
Having fun flat-boarding again 😉
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May 21, 2018 at 9:07 am #4117
Nice job, Steve. Now when will you refinish that other bench with the dog holes?
May 21, 2018 at 10:36 am #4119
In response to you Steve:
1. Yes attaching a sander to a vacuum is a very good idea, and I think illegal to do otherwise in the EU.
2. You are crazy.
3. Non flat boarding is a serious issue for which there is help. Fear not, you are on the road to a cure.
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