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I am nearing the finishing stage of a sofa table that I have been working on for several months now. I used spalted pecan for the top and black walnut for the "body." Once it is finished, I promise to post pictures as I want to hear constructive criticism.
In the meantime, my goal is to achieve a fairly durable, satin finish. In the past, I have primarily used polyurethane for "lesser" projects. However, I would like to expand my horizons. Therefore, when I was in Home Depot, I purchased some Flecto Varathane (oil-based). I have applied some with a rag to some samples of wood that were sanded to 220 and left them in the house to dry (about 70 degrees inside). After several days and a couple different samples, I am having serious doubts with this finish because it feels very oily to the touch. I know the finish is dry but it seems very tacky. I realize that I should sand between applications of the finish, but I am very nervous that the result will still feel very oily (and not as nice to the touch as the natural wood).
1) Has anyone experience with Flecto Varathane or similar products?
2) What other types of finishes might I try? I don't have the equipment to even attempt varnish unless excellent results could be obtained w/ a high-quality brush.
3) In lay-mans terms, what is the difference between urethane and spar urethane?
Thanks for any help.
"100 Years" -- scribbled on the wall by a woodworker to remind him to do his best and as a warranty on his work -- "If anything I make fails in the first hundred years, bring it back, and I'll take care of it. After that, there will be a small charge. (Original purchaser only)"