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John Clothier21/08/2016 11:50:08
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Hi All

I am after some advice on finishing a table saw I am making. It is made from 18mm plywood. I would like to apply a clear matt product that will be tough. Something that can possibly help the wood to glide over its surface when cutting. I need to be able to apply a thin coat as everything has been sized to be perfectly flat. It will be kept in my shed so although it wont get wet it could get damp so i was hoping to prolong the life with a suitable product

I am very new to all this so any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you

derek willis 124/08/2016 10:21:43
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In my opinion the answer is the same as it has been for a couple of other similar enquiries, i.e. Rustin's plastic coating, waterproof, durable and easily applied.In its pure form it is a high gloss product, but when thinned, ( I used cellulose thinners) it becomes matt, or satin if required.

I hope this is your answer it most certainly would be my choice.


John Clothier24/08/2016 14:04:54
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Thanks Derek. I will give that a go.

Doug04/09/2016 10:17:15
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If you want wood to slide easily over the table it is worth giving the top a coat of wax polish something like Chestnut's wood wax 22, I use this on surfaces I want to keep friction low, it's easy to apply, can be reapplied as & when necessary, I find it works very well.

Edited By Doug on 04/09/2016 10:19:39

John Clothier04/09/2016 17:41:25
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Thanks for the tip. Would the wax not rub off on to what you run across it?
Doug05/09/2016 07:42:23
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You only put a thin coat which is buffed up so any transfer would be negligible, also as the saw isn't giving a finished surface any contamination if you applied too much would be removed from the timber further along its preparation.

John Clothier05/09/2016 07:57:41
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Thanks. Yes some good points. Thank you for the suggestion.

Jonothan Weeks16/01/2017 11:10:00
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Good points to consider

derek willis 118/01/2017 09:59:14
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I have always kept a Silicone spry aerosol in my workshop for

this purose, use on a previously sealed surface and the effects are remarkable.


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