Generally speaking, what is the most unobtrusive finish? I'm talking
about for furniture such as desks and dining room servers. I've been
using poly exclusively and I'm getting a little bit tired of the
plasticy finish that it leaves. What are good ideas for minimizing that
effect and letting the wood show through as much as possible ans
naturally as possible.
A very specific aside: if you are familiar with Nakashima tables,
that's the kind of feel I'm looking for.
Many thanks in advance!
Arron, it would help if you could refine your question somewhat.
Specifically what physical properties do you require? Chemical resistance
water resistance wear.
BLO or tung will definitely not look plasticy, but they offer very little in
wear and water resistance.
Sure, poly can be plasticy... particularly if applied with a brush, out of
the can. Have you tried wipe-on poly? The lower viscosity makes it easier to
apply with less build and it is easier to avoid drips and dust
There are lots of trade-offs. Can you tolerate a finish with a modestly
amber color? What is you preferred method of application.
Understanding wood finishes by Flexner is an excellent resource to have on
hand to help you sort through those trade-offs and I think it's less that
$20.... cheaper than a quart of Waterlox.
You might want to try rubbing out the finish on one of your
polyurenated pieces with steel wool and mineral oil. That
will cut back the glpss, making it look less plasticy.
As usual, you can either practice on scrap, or practice on
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