How to finish this maple table?

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  • #681009
    Bryan Donovan
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    Hi, I’m almost done with my maple side table and am trying to figure out what to use as a finish. It’s not particularly interesting grain, and it’s quite light. I was thinking of just using natural shellac but I’m a bit concerned about its lack of resilience to alcohol. I also imagine there’s a finish out there that would better accentuate the grain without really altering the color much. Attached is a photo of the table top to get an idea of the color, etc.

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    #681025
    Craig
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    Bryan,
    I’ve had good luck with Minwax Wipe-On Poly.
    It imparts a slight amber tone and is easy to use. Clear gloss and satin.
    Best,
    Craig

    SW Pennsylvania

    #681026
    Bryan Donovan
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    Thanks Craig. I have some “regular” (not wipe-on) minwax poly, but the wipe-on seems like it would be less likely to give a plastic-like appearance.

    #681077
    Barry B
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    Hi Bryan

    i’ve used the minwax water based polycrylic (clear satin finish) on maple and i really like the way it turned out. 3 light coats with a quick sanding (220) in between.
    dries quick, easy cleanup

    regards

    Barry

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    #681690
    Bryan Donovan
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    Thanks Barry. I’ll get some of that as well to have for my next project. I’m always reluctant to try a new finish (and that basically means any finish other than shellac and basic stains at this early point in my woodworking adventures), but that looks like a good one.

    #691237
    david o’sullivan
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    Use a water based varnish if you don’t want colour change oil based will depart a yellowish tinge

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

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