coffee table finish

crazyoneFebruary 18, 2013

my husband made me a lovely coffee table out of very old grainery lumber. we think possible fir. he sanded it down just enough to remove the uneven layer and crud but want to put a natural finish on it. My aunt suggested watco oil, she uses on all her antique furniture

any opinions from others who do this as a hobby or living :-)

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bobismyuncle

See my response to your other post about the magazine rack.

Watco is an oil-varnish blend. It has a soft, in-the-wood, feel. There should be little to no film build up on the surface. If you plan on putting sweaty socks or beverages without coasters on your coffee table, it will not be super protective. That means less protective than a film finish like varnish. On the positive side, when Watco starts to look dull (and it will in a few years), it's easy enough to pull out the can and add another coat. You can wet-sand it in with either wet-or-dry sandpaper or Scotch-Brite pads.

So, it's really a choice of the "look and feel" you want.

In case these two thread diverge, I've attached the link to this one, too.

(I do this as a living and a hobby

Here is a link that might be useful: Facts about oil finishes

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 9:05PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Watco is a good choice if you're looking for a "natural" look but as mentioned previously, it offers little protection.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:39AM
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