01:19PM | 04/15/02
Member Since: 04/14/02
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I recently purchased a pine dining table and am now realizing I need to find a way to protect it from scratches - it is such a soft wood! Any suggestions on a protective finish that won't take away from the natural look? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...


02:48PM | 04/17/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
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Have a glass top made


09:56PM | 05/07/02
Member Since: 05/07/02
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There are a couple of ways to go. One way is to seal the wood using a sanding sealer (follow the directions and make sure the wood has been sanded smooth), and then follow up with at least 3 coats of polyurethane. There is a water-based polyurethane on the market that works quite well and does not require sanding between coats.


09:57PM | 05/07/02
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Almost forgot. A second way is to look into some of the finishing oils (made by Watco). These are normally kept up with a rejuvenating oil. I have not used them, but know people who have who swear by them.

Mark Hammond

01:18PM | 05/10/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
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Hi Shaynab,
I think that the poly finish will give you far less trouble than the oil finishes. None of them stand up to water or other moisture as good as poly. Oil can be re-vitalized but it is extra work that you don't need to do......Mark Hammond
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