I'm planning on a cherry top for a table I'm making. The finish will
be Duravar. Will this be hard enough to write on without noticeable
denting, or should I use maple and dye/stain it to look like cherry?
I cannot say for the others, but,
I have a solid cherry table that my grandfather made almost, if not more than, 100 years ago.
All it has is a standard, for then, finish on it and it is definitely hard enough to write upon.
P D Q
Consider the ball point pen. It is very small and the force you exert
is high - PSI is high. No wood can stand up to it. Many metals can't.
Use a tablet under the single sheet or a glass sheet covering the top.
The glass should be tempered and safety. A glass company should help.
In the 60's we had good friends that had a glass table top for a dinning room.
The table was great until a hot pot was put on a cloth pad - shattered it.
The table top was replaced with a 1" sandstone top that was sealed and was
beautiful. The mother had a deep gash on her leg.
Mark Whittingham wrote:
I have finished cherry in ways that would withstand writing on it. 3
piss coats of Autocryl clear and two or three full strength. Pricey
but effective without that epoxy/plastic look. Hard enough for most
normal use, including writing.
I have two cherry table tops I made from wood from the farm I grew up
on. One is over 18 years old -- we have written on it over the years
and no marks. I guess you could make marks if you pushed hard enough
with a ball point pen,
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