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I am making a Baltic birch router table top. Any suggestions on what finish to put on it?

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I am making a Baltic birch router table top. Any suggestions on what finish to put on it?

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Hi kelly,

I would go for HPL (Laminex, wilsonart etc) on top and bottom.

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If, like me, you can't get a laminate to cover the top then go for a good spar varnish or epoxy resin.

I am going to experiment with some aerosol car paint, this is normally acrylic and "cures" to a rock hard state very quickly.

If a spray filler was used first and then rubbed down and then the final "colour" coat applied you'd have a pretty tough surface.

I'll have a go this weekend on some scrap bits.

I know that Harrysin uses aerosol paints on MDF maybe he can give us details of the paint type and the benefit of his experience.
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Depending on the look you're after, consider de-waxed shellac as a sealer. A one-pound "cut" is good for this purpose, if mixing from flakes. Shellac is one of the more water-resistant finishes, and the first couple of coats go on very quickly due to the rapid drying time. Many "sanding sealers" are actually 1# cuts of shellac. If you buy pre-mixed in a can, test it on scrap to be sure it's not too old to cure.

Shellac (de-waxed) also has the advantage of being able to go under most other finishes, or on top of most other finishes to isolate layers of otherwise incompatible finishes.

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Same question I have on a current project.
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Relatively new but some companies are now able to powder coat MDF
My ex-brother-in-law just retired from a plant (ProCoat ??) in Dunedin, NZ that was powder coating MDF for signs. Apparently some newer low temperature coatings. Don't know how well it would work on a router table top but I suspect it would be better than liquid products but not as good as HPL. JMHO.

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I wanted to keep the look of the birch. Shellac, wax, that type of thing.

Is Minwax Antique Oil any good?

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I wanted to keep the look of the birch. Shellac, wax, that type of thing.

Is Minwax Antique Oil any good?

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I've never used it, so I can't say. You could test it on a small scrap to see what it does for the grain, then let it cure for a while, then apply the de-waxed shellac.

FWIW, I keep J.E. Moser's flakes on hand in Super Blond, Orange, and Garnet, depending on whether I want to add a tint via the shellac.

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