finishing pine table top

9 Dec 2007
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I have sanded down a previously painted old pine table top to bare wood. I want to use this as a dining table for everyday use. I want to have a table that I will be able to put cups of tea, glass of wine and dinner plates on without it spoiling the surface. So somewhat heat protectetion and waterproof.

I was thinking I'd like Danish Oil as I like the light natural finish. Would this be fit for the purpose I want? Or do I need some other type of protective finish?

Thanks for any help.
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I oiled mine and its been good so far. I actually quite like the 'lived in' look for pine. A bit of use and bit of topping up the oil and the table looks really nice, not like its just come for Ikea, but like a quality old piece of furniture. Mine hasn't picked up an significant marks or rings but it does have a few small dents. Any marks could be sanded out, though.
An oil will be 'ok', but not as protective as a varnish.

I haven't tried oil on pine (oil is usually better on hardwood, I thought). I did wax a pine table top, but after having to remove the stained surface after a couple of years with a belt sander, I re-finished it with Ronseal Mattcoat polyeurethane varnish (my varnish of choice for almost everything, including floors). It still looks natural, being matt, but is now wipe-clean. If your life includes red wine and/or Indian food in any quantity, I'd highly recommend this approach. A couple of coats, flat between coats.

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Thanks for replies. Since I've got some danish oil I'm going to trial that on a spare bit of pine and then see how well it stands up.

One thing I'm not sure of. If I put a couple of coats of danish oil on, can I then put a coat of varnish on top to finish?

Other thing is, I've seen Liberon Worktop finish and seal advertised which says it is waterproof and heatproof. Would this be an option to consider?

Thanks again
One thing I'm not sure of. If I put a couple of coats of danish oil on, can I then put a coat of varnish on top to finish?

No, you can't varnish or paint on top of oil or wax.

You can paint on top of Danish oil with oil based paints.Not on wax though.
I'm getting second thoughts now about the danish oil.
But if I do do the danish oil and then it gets spoiled then what are my options for redoing it and putting a varathane type coating on it? I don't want it repainted.

Ive got to a lot of trouble to get the ancient paint and crap off the table so don't want to muck it up now. The varnish type route does seem more foolproof.
Thanks again

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