I made a Shaker-style utility table with two drawers. It is made from
pine and I turned two birch knobs for it. I used a wood conditioner
and used a honey gel stain--no blotches(!). My question is how to
protect it since it is a softwood. What can be used to make it look
Shaker, yet tough? I will use in a theater room to store remotes and
I made a pine blanket chest years ago. I believe I finished it with
sanding sealer or shellac and rather many coats of paste wax, each of which
was rubbed with 0000 steelwool and then rubbed out with a "lambswool" pad.
Do your final sanding with 400 grit. Use MinWax polyurathane that you
apply with a cloth. Apply the first coat with a brush. Becareful, it
is very trhin and will run if not careful. Scrap off first coat. You
just filled the pores. Apply a second coat with a cloth. Rub down
with a 3M green pad. Apply a third coat. Apply MinWax furniture wax
with 0000 steel wool. Buff with a sheepskin pad in your DeWalt random
orbital sander. (The pads stick on like the sandpaper.) This is the
process I have been using.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.