Finishing Oak

Old 10-07-21, 05:25 PM
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Finishing Oak

Hi All, how do I finish a piece of plane Oak, natural color?
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Old 10-07-21, 05:46 PM
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You put a clear finish over it. Varnish, polyurethane, polyacrylic, etc.
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Old 10-08-21, 05:28 AM
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You can also put a natural stain like Min-wax 209 on first before the final finish. Helps to experiment on scrap first; I do that all the time.
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Just applying an oil base poly/varnish will deepen the colors naturally in the wood and amber it some as it ages. Just applying a waterbased poly will only give the the wood a sheen. Using a natural oil stain will give the look of oil but still allow you to use a waterbased finish. The advise to test the finish on scrap wood is a good one!

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