Water repellant finish. It is a badge of honor that this bench i worked for so.
It s truly gorgeous and to me especially the natural wood looks very classy.
Woodworking bench finish. The top is edge joined 3 4 x 3 x 24 hardwoods of various species. In my own case i built my current benchtop more than 35 years ago. I know certain people who will never want to lose the natural shade of wood.
A shiny film finish allows your work to scoot all over the bench. There are hide glue stains shellac stains chisel marks errant auger bits holes small saw kerfs and even a few drops of blood. How to make the perfect woodworking workbench.
If you are really going to do actual work on that workbench top then it won t look pretty very long. You can finish the other surfaces of your bench however you like with whatever finish you prefer. It puts a thin protective film down that will help keep glue paint and other gunk from sticking to the workbench top.
I would recommend a drying oil finish something like a watco danish oil. Let it cure completely. I decided to finish the top with a number of coats of danish oil followed by a coat of wax.
Choose a finish that is easy to apply offers some protection and doesn t build up a thick film. What kind of finish would you recommend for a workbench top made of softwood. Varnish will probably offer the longest most durable life.
Again 100 150 and 220 grit. I applied the first coat of oil in the usual manner making sure to cover the edges and down the holes. That is the finish i put on it.
For others no workbench is complete until it sports a beautiful high gloss finish. It has some tearout on the top. My roubo workbench does not have finish on it.
This massive hybrid bench part french roubo part german holtzapffel and part english nicholson gives you t. With the bench now standing up it s easy to give the top a light going over with the random orbital sander. And a film finish will crack when struck by a hammer or dead blow mallet.
So of course there s a secret wish of preserving the natural wood grain even with plywood workbench top. I m just about done with building my workbench. For anyone out there wondering how to spiff up a workbench the right way here s a little advice from two expert woodworkers.
When finishing a workbench less is more.