I'm finishing up my budget-minded, no frills workbench (an exact copy of Sam
Allen's joiner's bench), and am trying to decide how/if to finish the bench
The base is made of construction lumber (pine 4x4's and 2x4's), and the top
is a laminated MDF surface, covered with masonite. I'm wondering if I
should use oil or not on the masonite surface. I'm mainly aiming to make it
resistance to adhesives and moisture. I know I could wax it, but I was
thinking oil might work better. So, does this make any sense at all, or
will it be a waste of effort?
Thanks for your input,
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
I'm thinking that the tempered hardboard will soak up oil like a sponge, and
would take many coats to get close to sealing the surface. Glue will
continue to stick until you achieved something close to a non-porous
surface. Maybe some oil, mostly for looks, and then wax for the non-stick.
If'n it was me (it's not), and if I wanted to seal it (I wouldn't), I think
I would try waterbase poly. On some scrap first of course. I can confirm
that glue pops off of poly nicely. I think you will like the look too.
On Wed, 05 Nov 2003 14:56:30 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"
Buy oil-tempered masonite ("outdoro grade"). Much better doing it hot
at the factory, rather than cold on a cut piece.
Personally I just wax things like that.
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