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Old 03-04-2010, 07:24 AM   #11
Ahmik Jones
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Re: Lifting platform finish

Originally Posted by Glenn Pasewicz View Post
I see.

Last time I was at the Big Orange Box sanded pine (one side) was $25-$30 a sheet and birch was around $55, oak around $60. Which is why I was wondering if it's worth the extra $$.
I bought some a couple of months ago at Lowes and the birch was around $40 while the sanded pine was around $30. However, prices do fluctuate often. Plywood was much more expensive after Hurricaine Katrina and occasionally goes on sale.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #12
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Re: Lifting platform finish

Hey guys

I'm a woodworker, too (a luthier -- I build acoustic guitars). I would sand to 80 and finish with a sealer at the least or a penetrating oil varnish at best, preferably Waterlox. Plywood or not, it just looks better and will protect it from the environmental effects of temperature, moisture, and humidity in a garage. I finish all my benches this way. 80 grit is just right for providing enough grip without feeling unfinished or rough.
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