Finish for White Oak Table Top

Old 12-03-12, 03:17 PM
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Finish for White Oak Table Top

I'm currently working on a white oak coffee table. I had originally planned on Watco Danish Oil with a wipe-on wax overcoat - as I did with a white oak side table. I'm rethinking that plan.

I should mention the top was quarter-sawn - again like the side table and the finish on that really makes that white flaking pop.

I'd like a finish that helps that flaking stand out and that stands up to the abuse our coffee table is subjected to. What do you all think about Watco Danish (natural) oil with a wipe-on poly overcoat?
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I'm not fond of the wipe on polys, they don't apply a thick enough film of poly to offer much protection.... and is the poly compatible with the danish oil?

IMO it's best to apply 3 coats of regular poly sanding lightly between coats. That always gives a good durable finish. You'd have your choice of the 3 basic sheens; satin, semi-gloss and gloss.

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