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I just finished my new router table and would like to know your opinion on whether I should put any kind of "finish" on it.

The table and fence is made of 3/4" birch ply, the insert is 3/8" baltic birch ply, the rest of the table is pine. Any ideas/comments/suggestions?

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Hello, The birch is soft, I think i might look into coating with urethane clear finish. That is quite hard and durable. After it gets scratched again, sand it with 240 grit, and finish with 320, recoat it, and you will have a nice smooth finish.

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Hi Tom

I would suggest some Johnson paste floor wax in the yellow can,,2 to 3 coats,let the 1st coat dry then buff a little bit and then the rest of the coats ,if you scratch it one more quick coat will make it like new again,,you do want to put it on b/4 you use it ,hand prints are hard to get out but the wax will make it easy down the years the wax will soak in over the years but it's always water proof from the coffee cups and pop cans...and it always be slick and smooth ,a great tool for the shop...

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I just finished my new router table and would like to know your opinion on whether I should put any kind of "finish" on it.

The table and fence is made of 3/4" birch ply, the insert is 3/8" baltic birch ply, the rest of the table is pine. Any ideas/comments/suggestions?

Thank you,

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Pine is soft, I know that from my own experience. Some sort of hard finish will hopefull prevent any dents. Also, try and use a water resistant finish to prevent any warping, especially around the fence.
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Thanks, those are all great ideas!!!

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