I'm near the end of the process of finishing a new white oak unfinished
kitchen table using Waterlox. So as to more easily prepare and apply
finish to the underside of the top, I have removed all the hardware,
apron pieces and wood extension slide mechanisms.
The extension slides, stamped "Walter of Wabash", appear to be
constructed of oak also and each slide unit has six pieces (the table
opens up to add four 12" leaves).
My question: should the wooden slide mechanism be Waterloxed?
One reason it would seem to be a good idea is to reduce humidity-related
swelling and shrinkage. A much lesser reason would be that the slides
wouldn't be sitting there looking like unfinished wood.
One reason it would seem to be a BAD idea is that the slide mechanism
might stick or otherwise not work as smoothly as it now does.
If I was to apply finish to the slide mechanism, would I just apply it
to the exterior surfaces that can be seen when its closed, all surfaces
that can be accessed when the slide is open, or should I dismantle the
mechanism and coat all surfaces?