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Old 05-20-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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Best way to finish ruff barn-board for indoor table?


I've got some gorgeous old yellow pine planks that I pulled off the ceiling of my Dad's 80 year old shed. (They're tearing it down.) I want to build a table top for indoor use out of them. I've scrubbed them with a stiff brush and water and there is a lot of raised grain and texture to them which I'm leaving in place, no sanding.

My question is, what's the best way to finish these boards for use as a kitchen table? I figure the ultimate solution would be twenty coats of poly, but I live in a Manhattan apartment so I'm not sure I have the time and/or facility for that. I'm looking at some of these epoxy type coatings, like Famowood and Envirotex but I'm not sure exactly how I might apply these so they don't run off the edges and leave major drips.


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At least with the envirotex (with which I am familiar), you would tape off the edges so it won't run over and drip

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...nice boards btw

I'm re-finishing an old coffee table top that was hand carved to look like an old wooden ship's deck door
As it's been through quite a bit itself now, it almost looks like it's that old
I sanded about 1/2-3/4 of the stain off and bleached it a bit
I'm not sure you could make a new piece of wood look like it for any amount of money

I plan on using marine varnish, but mines a bit smoother than yours

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At least with the envirotex (with which I am familiar), you would tape off the edges so it won't run over and drip
So, tape the edges with tape sticking up to form a sort of wall? Is that the technique? Then what, hit the edges with a light coat by brush?

What about cracks between the boards? Is there a sort of maximum width of crack that the Envirotex would be too thick to drip through?

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i work with barnboards in my furniture mfg business....sand them down with 40 or 60 grit...then to 100 grit....coat the with ZAR Poly (yu can use antique flat or satin) i use antique flat....then sand with 220 to 320 grit and coat again.
then sand with 320-400 grit and coat again.....viola...a beautiful finish.
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