Updated: Nov 1, 2020
We took the time to sand, stain, and finish our workbench and our miter saw table.
We started by using a random orbit sander to sand each piece with 120-grit sandpaper. Then, we repeated the process with 220-grit paper. Before moving on, we wiped down both the table and bench to remove any excess dust.
Next, we applied Danish oil to condition the wood and provide a barrier to moisture. Danish oil is basically a mixture of oil, varnish, and thinner. One of the great things about Danish oil is that it doesn't have a strong smell like varnish or some other finishes. We chose a natural color to simply make the wood grain pop and bring out its natural beauty. Once we applied the first coat with cotton rags, we let it set for 15 minutes and checked for any pooling or speckling. We applied a second coat and repeated the same process. One pint of Danish oil will cover 50 to 75 square feet which we found to be adequate for this project.
After allowing the Danish oil to really absorb into the wood, we came back and added a coat of lacquer. Unlike Danish oil, the smell is pretty offensive. I think it's kind of like a big bucket of nail polish! We did open up the windows for extra ventilation, but it probably wood have been a good idea to wear a respirator, too. The use of lacquer isn't really necessary, but gives the wood a little more shine.
Did you know? Plywood has some pretty ancient roots dating all the way back to the Egyptians and the Greeks. In 1797, a British naval engineer named Samuel Bentham actually conceived the idea for modern plywood, but it wasn't until 50 years later that Immanuel Nobel invented the rotary lathe, which was used to begin manufacturing plywood.
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