Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Finishing Oak Counter Top

Posted by ajrubino (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 27, 08 at 12:21

We've installed in our kitchen quartersawn oak Medallion brand cabinets with a dull chestnut stain finish and we'd like to lay an oak veneer plywood counter top on top of the lower cabinets. What recommendations would you have for a stain and sealant that we could apply to the counter top that would best match the cabinets?

Thanks


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Finishing Oak Counter Top

I would consider Waterlox. We have used various finishes over the years for wood care projects for our clients. We have settled on Waterlox as our finish of choice on most interior wood surfaces including floors, countertops, and cabinetry for two main reasons.

First and foremost is the awesome look of natural beauty it gives to wood surfaces. Almost a "sparkle" effect with the colors in wood, but it's really hard to describe; you just should see a sample yourself on wood. Most other finishes look "plastic" or manufactured. Waterlox is just an elegant look.

Second, Waterlox is extremely servicable, and easy to touchup or recoat if scratched or abused. Even the hardest coatings will become scratched or worn eventually. Many of our clients do the maintenance themselves. Most other coating options for interior wood including polyurethane, epoxy, or moisture cure urethane are more unpleasant and difficult for our crew to apply initially, and a major pain when it is time for recoat. While MCU and epoxy may be a harder surface, scratch repair is impossible, and they are in my opinion something we do not want to use in a home or resturant. A Waterlox coated surface is rated "food-grade" after 30 days of drying. I even read that it is used for wood salad bowls and the like.

We serve quite a few custom countertop companies that use the Waterlox as their original finish. Once you see Waterlox on most wood, the choice of finish is obvious.

Here is a link that might be useful: Waterlox on Counters


 o
Stain Color

Matching wood is always a challenge so you will need to do some testing. Traditional oil stain can be added to the Waterlox at a 1:4 ratio. Color matching is the challenge, as all woods take stain differently. You could possibly have local paint store mix an oil stain to match the cabinets when applied to a sample of the the veneer. Then find the appropriate ratio for mixing with Waterlox. If you find a ready-mixed stain that is in the tone of the cabinets, you might give that a try as well.


 o
RE: Finishing Oak Counter Top

Finish choice may be beside the point. Making countertops from common veneered plywood is a bad idea to begin with. The material simply isn't made to take the sort of abuse that countertops typically get.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here