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    jetlat7878 Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 31, 2011, 10:46 AM
    Working with Brazilian Cherry planks
    I am in the process of making a table top from 3 1/8" Brazilian Cherry planks that I got from Lumber Liquidators. The same material one would use for hardwoor floors.

    The table will measure 53" square with a removable center piece which is 16". I have glued the three sections that make up the table top using Franklin's Wood Glue, clamped, and now ready to finish.

    I have read a few opinions online how to finish the wood. Some say use a random orbital sander while others say do not use a belt sander. My thought was to use a 4X24 belt sander to remove the initial stock to achieve a level, smooth table top with 80 grit.

    Floor sander contractors use belt sanding machines which are much larger of course.

    I am thinking of using Minwax Red Mahogany stain and finish with two coats of Minwax polyurathane.

    • What would you suggest is the best method for finishing unfinished Baravian Cherry from start to finish? I want to finish the table with a satin sheen. Plan to use belt sander 80 grit, followed by 120 grit. Then switch to random orbital sander with 180 grit then 220. Stain top and after drying, coat with sanding sealer. Finish with 320 between coats.
    • Do you think it is necessary to wet between coats of 320 or higher?

    Thank You,
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    ma0641 Posts: 15,681, Reputation: 1012
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    Oct 31, 2011, 03:54 PM
    I have never had luck using a belt sander for the purpose you propose, too many gullies. You can use a random orbit for fast cutting and then use a straight 1/4 sheet sander for the finish. Always finish with the grain. You don't need to wet sand 320, dry sand and wipe with mineral spirits. Satin will hide small defects. Send us a picture of the finished table.
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    Oct 31, 2011, 05:52 PM
    Ok will do and thank you
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    Oct 31, 2011, 06:03 PM
    Forgot to ask. Since this table is going to be used for a kitchen table, is polyurethane the best choice with small kids, spilled drinks, food, etc.
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    ma0641 Posts: 15,681, Reputation: 1012
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    Nov 1, 2011, 12:32 PM
    In a kitchen, I use Minwax "Helmsman" poly. It is primarilly made for the boating market but is a superb product for all surfaces that may be wet. There are other brands but I'm a Minwax fan. Just finished staining an oak door with a minwax mix of 1part Golden Oak, 3parts Early American, 1part Red Mahogany, 2 coats satin poly.

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