Concerning the finish i assumed the bench was going to be exposed to sun and rain all year round in which case no finish will hold up for more than a few years because there won t be a way to keep water from getting underneath and causing the finish or paint to peel. It s truly gorgeous and to me especially the natural wood looks very classy.
That is the finish i put on it.
Finish on woodworking bench. It is a badge of honor that this bench i worked for so. I would recommend a drying oil finish something like a watco danish oil. Water repellant finish.
And a film finish will crack when struck by a hammer or dead blow mallet. What kind of finish would you recommend for a workbench top made of softwood. A workbench as its name implies is to work on and frankly the best surface to work on is raw wood.
Again 100 150 and 220 grit. Varnish will probably offer the longest most durable life. You can finish the other surfaces of your bench however you like with whatever finish you prefer.
I decided to finish the top with a number of coats of danish oil followed by a coat of wax. I ll be happy to tell you how to do a gloss finish on your bench but that still leaves me wondering why. So of course there s a secret wish of preserving the natural wood grain even with plywood workbench top.
When finishing a workbench less is more. If you are really going to do actual work on that workbench top then it won t look pretty very long. A shiny film finish allows your work to scoot all over the bench.
Benches don t really need a finish. It puts a thin protective film down that will help keep glue paint and other gunk from sticking to the workbench top. A workbench is going to get dinged and film finishes will crack or craze or be otherwise damaged.
If you have some leftover finish that needs using up or if you want to use part of your bench to experiment with a finishing technique go for it. I applied the first coat of oil in the usual manner making sure to cover the edges and down the holes. My roubo workbench does not have finish on it.
A film finish lacquer shellac varnish poly varnish is not the way to go. It is less slippery takes all sorts of abuse and best of all can be easily cleaned and resurfaced when needed. In my own case i built my current benchtop more than 35 years ago.
It has some tearout on the top. You can t caulk a bench like you do the framing around windows. Once a film finish is penetrated it looses its effectiveness and adjacent areas begin to fail.
With the bench now standing up it s easy to give the top a light going over with the random orbital sander. There are hide glue stains shellac stains chisel marks errant auger bits holes small saw kerfs and even a few drops of blood. Let it cure completely.
I know certain people who will never want to lose the natural shade of wood. I much favor a in the wood finish. Choose a finish that is easy to apply offers some protection and doesn t build up a thick film.
I did an oil varnish blend on a previous bench and while it didn t make things slippery it was time that could certainly have been better spent.