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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2021, 09:08:55 AM »
Try the General Finishes water based topcoat.  It is a water based poly and is very user friendly.  Sprays very well undiluted and an easy cleanup. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2021, 09:57:40 AM »
Have you used it on a dining table where it will be exposed to water and cups?  I've yet to use a water based finish that I trust for a dining table.  With abot 6 coats of oil based, I can leave a sweating cup on the table and it not stain.  

While sanding the cut ends of table top to get ready for finishing I found a bullet.  I'm gonna ask the customer, but what do you all think?  Conversation piece or remove it and fill the hole?

 
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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2021, 10:28:58 AM »
No doubt, you HAVE to leave it in and add 5% on the price for getting it to show. :D
 Yeah, I have never tried water base on anything that will either see high humidity or liquid spills. I don't have that kind of courage. ;D ;D
 That walnut is killer stuff with the finish on it!
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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2021, 11:23:26 AM »
I texted my customer, who happens to be a firefighter that I worked with for many years, but he moved on to another department.  He agreed that leaving it in there would be neat, so it stays.
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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2021, 11:25:13 AM »
i have used the general wipe on/brush on and wipe off finish.  less amber color.  if I use spar poly, I often brush a few coats to fill the grain,  sand with 320, then spray the same from a can and get that final flat top finish.  
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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2021, 11:39:05 AM »
Thanks.  Indeed they are only painting the legs.  I will be finishing the top with about 6 coats of oil based poly.  The doug fir was bought because it was cheap, when nicely planed it looks nice in itself.  I think it would look really nice with clear finish too.  
Minwax poly will probably take those fir legs quite dark toward the walnut appearance .  What the customers want but maybe show them the look on a piece  beforehand.

The traditional poly not water based one.
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« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2021, 02:41:50 PM »
The legs are primed white.  Yes, the oil poly would darken the fir a bit.  
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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2021, 04:24:51 PM »
Looks great!!!   

Some time, try Target Coatings EM-8000CV with 5% crosslinker.   

If you subscribe to Target Coatings email list, you get all sorts of discount offers.  Just today, there was a 30% one.

One of the finishing experts on one of my woodworking forums just posted results of tests with glass with water, and Bourbon rings left on it, and it was pretty impressive.

On Walnut, for wipe-on, I'm partial to Arm-R-Seal.

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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2021, 04:40:26 PM »
Thanks,Tom.  I think I did use that on one table.  We bought it to finish the chairs we made for my mom and dad.  There was a lot of it left, so I used it on a table and I did add the crosslinker.  I have to ask that customer if they have had any problem with spills on the table.  The problem I have with it is that it doesn't darken walnut the way I like.  I also use a lot of the Target EM6000 laquers.
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2021, 05:14:53 PM »
The top is done.  5 coats of poly.  I may or may not sand it with 800 and then wax it.  I'll decide tomorrow morning when I look at it.  I think I'm probably gonna leave it though.


 
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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2021, 06:14:57 PM »
Wow! Looks great!
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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2021, 07:10:17 PM »
That will be enjoyed by generations.  Be sure to sign, and date it underneath, where it's not hard to see.

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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2021, 07:58:10 PM »
Good point Tom.  I will sign it.  I always forget to do that.
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« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2021, 07:00:33 AM »
Bill, that looks like a shop where some work gets done!
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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2021, 08:07:02 AM »
Definitely more work than cleaning.
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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2021, 07:30:51 AM »
Bill, not sure about glass rings on the water based poly.  Good question.  My suspicion is that it would dry hard and perform like oil based poly.  But, I do not know what the performance would be. 
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Re: Building a Live Edge Walnut Table with Doug Fir 3x3 legs
« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2021, 09:35:30 AM »
I have been using polycrylic for years. I love it. Does not yellow, dries rock hard, super easy to cleanup, and smells more like mildew than anything. I have painted with it inside a small area with it all closed up with no adverse effects.

All the stuff I have sealed with it I have never noticed a glass ring. But the tops aren't really in a glass ring territory. I will have to pay closer attention and update you guys. Overall I love the product, definitely my go to instead of oil base. I hate the way oil base yellows over time.

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« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2021, 10:38:18 AM »
I use Polycrylic as well.  It's my go to poly for spraying.  I can put it right thru my HVLP without thinning and it dries quickly.  I don't use it on table tops, but I use it for everything else.  My next project is under way and I will use polycrylic on the top of it.  It's only 12" x 48" so I will likely just brush it on.  It's kind of a rustic project so brush strokes will just add to the character.
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