Making an oak live edge dinner table for wife

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Old 10-27-17, 12:08 AM
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Making an oak live edge dinner table for wife

As in the title I am Making an oak live edge dinner table for wife. I have a mill near my house with the wood kiln dried and cured for 10 years. I have sanded and planed both sides, It is 2 book end slabs by friend that owns the mill helped me put together 21"x7" each. Now the grain is beautiful. I don't want to change the color. Should i use an oil based poly to protect it than a top coat??? I am a novice and don't want to ruin the wood. since it is a kitchen table it will need to withstand abuse. Could i put some sort of oil down to show off the grain than an oil based polyurethane? or is there a better way. any advice and introduction would greatly be appreciated.

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Old 10-27-17, 12:33 AM
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Oil based poly will yellow with time, it's the nature of the beast. Some people like that as it ages and "mellows" the look of the wood I guess. I just think it makes it look yellowed...lol.

There may be other suggestions (I'm no fancy woodworker) but if you just want a clear protective finish, I would use water based poly. I've used it on all sorts of wood projects and even the handles of some kitchen knives and it's stood up quite well, even to being left to soak in water overnight (NOT by ME!). Maybe it's because I just put on a few thin coats to seal the wood and bring out the grain a bit, but it works for me.

I'm sure the fancy wood guys will have better ideas. Hang loose....
 
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Oil base poly gives a more durable finish but will deepen the colors naturally in the wood along with ambering over time. Water based poly doesn't change the look of the wood other than give it a sheen.
 
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I have seen some beautiful examples that were treated with linseed oil. It's not as quick a process but it's something that can be easily refreshed over the years and never peels off.
 
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If you use linseed oil you need to cut it in half with mineral spirits, straight out of the can it is very slow to dry. Like oil base poly linseed oil will also deepen the colors naturally in the wood. In humid climates linseed oil is prone to mildew.
 
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Before you do anything to the table how about experimenting on some small pieces of the same wood. To maintain the natural color you could use a Natural oil based stain or no stain at all under the polyurethane. As others have said an oil based poly will have an ambering affect on the wood whereas a water based poly will be clear. See which affect you and your wife prefer. Also, oak is a porous wood and you might want to consider applying a pore filler to give the wood a smooth texture......this can also be obtained by applying many coats of poly to build up the finish. It all depends on the feel and finish that you want. If you want the surface well protected polyurethane is your best bet Also, if you go with a poly you'll need to decide on the sheen i.e. Gloss, Semi Gloss, or Satin.
 
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