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    Finishing Jigs

    What type of finish do you apply to your jigs and work surfaces ?
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    I've used shellac for things that won't get a lot of wear (mostly for the practice in applying shellac) and waterbased Poly (Polycrylic) on things like table extensions, sleds and other jigs that will be seeing more wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
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    BLO or wax
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Your cheating Jay
    Yeah but it sure holds up
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    I have sleds I have been using for years. All surfaces shellac and wax . . . still going. Shellac is quick to dry, inexpensive and easy to repair although I have yet to re-coat any of my jigs.

    Smaller jigs or "first draft" versions will some times get treated with whatever I happen to have been using (usually shellac or some type of oil). My "temporary" outfeed table (3 years and counting) has a particle board top that catches any clear finish I happen to be using.
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    Usually just wax..paste wax...

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    Shellac - usually SealCoat®, because I generally have a gallon or so of it laying about.

    Sometimes I use Arm-R-Seal®, though.

    ...and sometimes I don't use any finish at all.
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