Christian - What kind of plywood did you use? Many plywoods including birch
or similar veneer plywoods are rather soft and will not take stain evenly
unless pre-treated. MinWax pre stain conditioner works well, then apply
stain on top, then finish. I built a "thomas"-type train and storage table
for my grandson a few months ago. The project used Baltic Birch plywood and
the finish process included:
- Sanded with final sanding using 220 Grit
- MinWax pre stain conditioner
- MinWax Natural Stain
- Four coats of wipe on Poly, light sanded every other coat. Very light
burnish of final coat with 0000 steel wool to remove dust.
The table is in his room and gets used or sat on daily and is holding up
well . Final product looks quite a lot like foosball tables I have seen.
See my separate post in "alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking - Train Table"
to get an idea of how it looks.
You might also think about using Varathane. A lot of pinball collectors
will use it to protect their playfields as it stands up well to the pounding
of those metal balls. Three coats of that and some wax should also make the
table pretty dern slick.
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