Help My Wood Look Good
July 6, 2013 11:08 AM Subscribe
How should I finish my reclaimed wood tabletop glue-up without it looking like a mass produced, glossy, shellacked typical table?
posted by Bunglegirl to home & garden (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've been learning how to work with wood and just finished my first tabletop glue-up. It's meant to become a 5 x 3 foot dining room table, possibly with hairpin legs. What process would you recommend for the finish?
The class finished before we got to this step, and my teacher told me to do some Googling but most people in the woodshop seem to recommend some kind of combination of oil and wax. What I've read online is confusing and offers too many options and conflicting opinions. I'm not a fan of glossy finishes and think I would keep it more natural looking, while bringing out the wood's beauty.
- This will not have a lot of hard wear (no kids, pets, etc.)
- I will eat on it occasionally but not often
- I'm open to taking care of it yearly, but not waxing every month
- My apartment does not have central air so there is a large difference in heat/humidity throughout a year
- Since it's a learning project I'm okay with taking my time applying a finish
The tabletop is made from reclaimed timber, most likely pine and Douglas Fir. Pictures of it before any sanding/scraping can be seen here
. What finishes and process (order) would you use given my circumstances?
Am I crazy to sand this thing by hand? I've started and can tell it's going to take some time and muscle but am on the fence on investing in a random orbital sander.