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Bigsammybaker

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I have made a dining room table out of ash and oak. I want to emphasise the colour of the wood but also seal it so it's useable day to day (with children). It needs to be resistant to hot surfaces/mugs and water stain free. Basically I'd like it to be as low maintenance as possible. Ideally I'd like it to be a either a flat or matt finish.
I've heard the best options are Tung oil or a polyurethane varnish.
Does anyone have experience of using these or a better suggestion?
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i use treatex hardwax oil 2 coats then finish with briwax always had great results
 

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PeterG's suggestion is a good one. I would avoid tung oil because it takes too long to dry but if you wanted a cheaper option than waxoil you could use danish oil (rustins or blackfriers). You may need up to eight or even ten applications to fill the grain, then just wire wool and wax.

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I wouldn't suggest using wire wool with oak – if the stands come away and get embedded in the oak it'll make for a mess. I'd go for a Hermes Webrax pad or similar.

mrpercysnodgrass":jd5pbj4y said:
PeterG's suggestion is a good one. I would avoid tung oil because it takes too long to dry but if you wanted a cheaper option than waxoil you could use danish oil (rustins or blackfriers). You may need up to eight or even ten applications to fill the grain, then just wire wool and wax.

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Surprised that hardwax oil and paste wax would stand up to hot plates, mugs and water stains ?

Would personally go with polyurethane for those circumstances and flat it with some fine webrax if too shiny ?

Stand to be corrected though if wrong about the hardwax oil !

Cheers, Paul
 

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You could try Sam Maloof's mixture which is third each of white spirit, tung oil and PU Varnish.
Several very light coats.

Rod
 

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paulm":1vx9jj96 said:
Surprised that hardwax oil and paste wax would stand up to hot plates, mugs and water stains ?

Would personally go with polyurethane for those circumstances and flat it with some fine webrax if too shiny ?

Stand to be corrected though if wrong about the hardwax oil !

Cheers, Paul
this is what their website says http://www.treatex.co.uk/hardwaxoil.html and i have spilt fizzy drinks on my table and had no problem

it is quite expensive but you get what you pay for
 

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Unib":1s81as11 said:
I wouldn't suggest using wire wool with oak – if the stands come away and get embedded in the oak it'll make for a mess. I'd go for a Hermes Webrax pad or similar.

You should avoid using wire wool on untreated oak because the iron will react with the tannin in the oak and cause black stains however in my post I did say to seal the oak with eight to ten coats of oil in which case using wire wool will cause no problems.

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