NOT tung oil. For fences and sleds I use multiple coats of shellac,
polished up to the white synthetic steel wool, followed by paste wax.
slicker than you can imagine. (My router table is covered by laminate
and it isn't as slippery as my shellacked/waxed mdf and ply stuff.
For a bit I considered Ipe for a deck, but their literature and a call
to the supplier verified that they do not recommend securing the boards
from underneath. I HATE deck screws topside. Once you've seen a deck
with no visible nails or screws you don't want to deface your next deck!
I was surprised at the modest cost of Ipe when it's on sale locally.
Maybe they give a break on the price because they know customers will
wipe out a blade during installation.
Glossy plastic laminate.
Look at the sample rings at your local Borg.
They will have to order it in for you, as it is not a stock item.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
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