I am building a hall table and using veneers that I cut from a stunning piece of curly Koa. The drawer fronts are Koa veneer and the table top is book matched Koa veneers. Although I have been wood working for quite awhile, I know next to diddly about finishing. I have always used 3 or 4 coats of Danish Oil, let it cure and then a couple of layers of wax. This has been a surprising durable finish on several bed frames I’ve built. With this hall table, I want to give the top some extra protection, so starting with the drawer fronts, I used 3 coats of Watco Danish Oil and then top coated with Watco Wipe-On Poly. This has been disastrous. Perhaps I didn’t wait long enough for the oil to cure. The finish is tacky and dull. Now, I’m trying to figure out what next. I think I’ll try to remove the Poly with denatured alcohol and then perhaps settle for my old tried and true, even though I’d like to put something more durable on the table top. My wife wants a satin finish, so high gloss options are out. Any suggestions?
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