How To Finish – Red Oak Book Shelves with an appropriate Clear Coat
I am new to this forum, probably even less than an amateur !, as I have never done any finishing on wood before !.
I will be attempting to finish a few bookshelves next week that I have planned to place across a home office wall – wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Its a fairly large project that consists of a total of six separate bookshelves that will have adjustable shelves and a couple of doors. I have a cabinet maker who will be completing the construction and delivering the shelves to me sanded and unfinished. We had agreed that he was only doing the construction of the shelves, but did not want to do the finishing. The shelves will be constructed with Red Oak, and the CM suggested that I finish it with a clear coat of oil-based polyurethane.
Since I am new at this I need all the advice I can get as I attempt to finish this project in about four or five days’ time in our garage. What I have learned so far, is that I should apply at least two coats of oil-based polyurethane, lightly sandpapering the first coat. The shelves will be already sanded. Against this background, here are a few questions, most of which I do appreciate are a matter of preference. :
1. Would an oil-based polyurethane be better than water-based ?
2. I am looking at Minwax brands at HomeDepot or Lowes, will these work ?
3. Does Red Oak call for any particular attention ?
I am obviously looking to apply the best available polyurethane that I can find. Are there special attention that I need to consider or be concerned about ?
I have been looking at videos on youtube on how to apply the clear coat polyurethane, and usually intuitive – so I think I can do this project.
Please kindly advise any suggestions that I may need to consider, any tips or suggestions – any resource or sites that I might look at with regards to Finishes that I might consider and any particular method I should use.
many thanks in advance,