I'm looking to put a finish on a maple workbench top. The primary
reason for the finish is to prevent glue from sticking. As the
surface needs renewing, I'd like to scrape it, refinish and move on.
I'm thinking BLO and wax.
Comments from the group?
Linseed goes yellow in time, which always looks ugly on maple. Use
tung instead, probably a commercial "finishing oil" mix that already
has thinners and driers in it.
Then a hard wax.
These days I'm using an old 1/4" electric drill with a plastic bristle
wire brush in it. Nice old '60s drill, all metal body, but not enough
"grunt" for real drilling. It sits permanently on the shelf near the
bench and just gets used for buffing out wax polishes. Using this
instead of the usual bristle scrubbing brush I can buff out a much
harder wax than usual (twice my usual carnauba content) with mittle
My maple is finished with a 1:1:1 poly/BLO/thinner mix. I wax about ever
I'm very satisfied with it. Yup it's amber, but that just looks aged to me.
It sheds glue and finish drips easily. It is a bit slick, but I have never
found that to be a liability.
BLO is fine. I'd probably use what needs to used up. Any finish will
do, but forget the wax. A glue up needs several layers of newspaper.
I resurface/refinish the workbench top once a year or every other
On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 00:49:03 GMT, Ba r r y
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