Dining table finishes

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Wife wants a dining table. I’m sketching it out. We discussed finishes. She wants an epoxy finish because she thinks it’s durable. I’m not sold on that 100%. First of all, I plan to bevel the underside edges and I’m not sure how to “wrap” the epoxy around the edge. Secondly, I’m not crazy about the look. I also don’t think she understands what the look will actually be.

Any ideas on a super durable finish that will take a beating?

-- Losing fingers since 1969

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I agree Brian I think an epoxy finish is not what I would recommend a epoxy finish either,I would guess if you took your wife to a bar or somewhere that had an epoxy finish she would change her, I would suggest using a dye/stain and a couple of good coats of Arm-R-Seal. Very durable finish some people have even used it on their floors

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Right there with you Jim … epoxy would not be my first choice. I just recently made a desktop for a customer and used Arm-R-Seal for the first time. It appears to be holding up quite well for him.

Brian, I guess the big question is does your wife truly want an “epoxy” gloss finish?

If she does… there’s a product out there called, “liquid glass”. It’s used on bar tops and the like.

Yeah. She wants a glossy finish. She saw some tables in a restaurant that appear to have held up well. I didn’t see them so I can’t say whether it was actually epoxy or not. I guess we should go have a look together.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

After 53 years of marriage, I have found that it’s not always what we know works best it’s what the boss thinks will work best that makes peace.
I know that Charles Neil (RIP) used Arm-R-seal on a floor and next time he visited 10 years later and he said it looked as good as it did the day he put it down.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

I have to agree with Jim Brian. Here is a link you might find interesting, and it might also help you convince your wife.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway