By taylor6400 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 11:28 am: Edit Post
John, I recently built a workbench with a 2" thick laminated oak top. I have been researching whether to finish or not to finish and there are opions on each and multiple opinions on types of finish. What is your take on it? The bench is just a garage bench for typical homeowner use. Thanks for the input!!
By admin on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 11:50 am: Edit Post
By favoritos on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:18 pm: Edit Post
I did the water based poly. Three coats. It does scratch, but what does not?
By taylor6400 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:28 pm: Edit Post
I guess i was also concerned with a hard finish cracking and be less easier to repair than an oil finish, and also being too slick. Any thoughts on an oil finish and then waxed on top of that?
By admin on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:44 pm: Edit Post
The water based will not crack. You could use an oil based finish, but will not gain anything by it, other than the clarity they provide vs. a slightly milky finish from the water based. Water based finishes have really come a long way in the past 5-10 years and really are just as durable as oil based, even more when it comes to resistance against solvents. An oil based finish will be impacted by any spilled gasoline or oil, while a water based would not be impacted to much degree at all.
By taylor6400 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:51 pm: Edit Post
Thanks for the info!! Thats what i needed to hear.
By asmski on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:14 pm: Edit Post
I have spar poly on top of my work bench. Worked good. I put down 3 coats initially, sanding with 220 grit between each coat. I usually put another coat on each year. I probably have 6 total coats on it now.
By yamahauler on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:01 am: Edit Post
I used a piece of hardboard which is like peg board but with no holes in it. One side is smooth, the other a little rough. I just screwed it on and if I ever wreck it, you just have to unscrew it and put a new piece on.
By t660redrocket on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 12:42 am: Edit Post
I built my bench out of a bowling alley. Super nice heavy duty finish it. Darn thing is 7 or 8 inches thick.