Tabletop Finish With a Hand-Rubbed Feel
Brush on polyurethane for protection, then wipe on the final coats for a silky surface.
Synopsis: Requests from readers who liked “One Editor’s Foolproof Finish” (FWW #196) but wanted a more durable version suitable for kitchen cabinets or dining tables led to this article. Like the original, this variation on the foolproof finish uses gel polyurethane, but starts with several coats of liquid polyurethane for extra protection. The result is a finish that will stand up to the rigors of kitchen and dining tables but retains the look and ease of the gel-poly version. It can even be used in combination with the simpler finish on the same piece
After my article “One editor’s Foolproof Finish” appeared in FWW #196, several readers asked whether the wipe-on finish I described would be suitable for kitchen cabinets or dining tables. I replied that while you could build up the extra protection these surfaces need by wiping on many more coats of the gel polyurethane, it would be…