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Applying finish to Oak plywood6/22
Good day to you all! I enjoy reading what a lot of you post! It's very intuitive and allows me to grow in a part of the industry I know very little about!
We are a c-store and grocery store fixture company using melamine's, laminate and solid surface for about 95% of our work load. We get asked to build oak (lumber) bakery tables once in a while. We have also done other projects with different lumber species. This time we're being asked to make cheaper oak tables, which is fine but we will have to use oak plywood to accomplish this task.
My question, what steps and material's (wood filler's, sealer's, lacquers, and/or varnishes) should we use on the oak plywood to give it a smooth, clean finish and does not require a lot of labor? Should we apply the finishes before assembly or after assembly? Our plan is to apply finish and then assemble. We'll cut the plywood on our CNC and apply oak veneer to the exposed edges with our edge bander.
In the past, my Father has had me spray sanding sealer and lacquer from Home Depot. The end result hasn't been to bad, but I would like the finish to be much better! My father has been in this industry (laminated store fixtures and cabinets) for almost 40 years, but finishing lumber and plywood is not his or my expertise! We want to give these tables a great finish, a more durable finish! That's why I've come to you for help!
I appreciate you all taking the time to read my post! Any and all advise is greatly appreciated!
I can't even begin to list all the clear coat finishes that are better than lacquer for that application. Conversion varnish from a professional source supplier like Sherwin Williams is great place to start.
Home depot !!
PS....read on "pro" applications...Zillion books and web documentation on this subject, NOT to worry, every one has to start somewhere !!
20 years with ML Campbell, now making the switch to Sherwin Williams Water Borne