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Finishing of redwood tables. Indoor use12/30/15
My boss has me finishing a redwood table that we made from reclaimed wood from old water tanks. The product is professional Hard Waxoil by Blanchon. Has anyone ever used this product and is it good for a table?
Russ - that's a nice looking table and very sturdy as well....
Blanchon Hard Waxoil contains a drying oil (e.g., linseed oil), a natural wax (e.g. beeswax or carnuba), some oil based polyurethane resins, and solvents. The finishes in this category are best used on wood items that are not subject to a lot of wear and tear (e.g., wood sculptures, lamps, etc.) and/or when a film forming finish is not desired. If the goal is to avoid the look of a film forming finish and/or market the finish as environmentally friendly, then this product meets the needs. There are a number of brands that are very similar to this product - see the article below.
This finish has the following properties;
FYI - Professional finishers usually want to use a coating that offers the appropriate amount of protection relative to the use of the product. For tables, the best finish is usually conversion varnish, catalyzed polyurethane (2K-PU), or polyester depending on the specific uses and desired appearance. These finishes offer a LOT more protection than an oil/varnish blend mixed with wax.
The chart below comes from the 1999 version of the Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards (AWI 1500) and shows the various properties of different types of finishes. Oil finishes are listed in the column labeled TR-0.
I’m also attaching a copy of Bob Flexner’s article on oil finishes for your reference. It explains the basic properties and limitations of oil finishes and oil/varnish blends.
Here's the highlighted version of the article.
Click the link below to download the file included with this post.