How to treat an unfinished tabletop?
August 15, 2011 9:45 AM Subscribe
How to finish this untreated pine tabletop?
posted by entropicamericana to home & garden (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I recently bought a VIKA FURUSKOG table top at IKEA to use as a desktop and somehow didn't realize it was untreated until I got it home. I was going to use it as is, but I found the untreated surface (particularly the edge) irritating to my arms when typing.
I know basically nothing about working with wood, what should I do to give it a better working surface? I've been told that once wood is treated with a polyurethane finisher it cannot be refinished, is that true? Should I care? It was only $40, after all. If I don't use polyurethane, would should I use as a sealant?
When I do decide to finish the tabletop, does it need to be sanded as most finishers instruct or has IKEA already done that?