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Old 03-03-2010, 11:57 AM   #1
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Lifting platform finish

Hoping someone dealifting woodworker can hook a brother up:

We're thinking about making a few lifting platforms; what's the best finish for the center strip of hardwood plywood? I was thinking a matte laquer but then I realized "Hey, I have absolutely no idea whether that would be functional." Unfinished, bare wood maybe? Spar varnish? Perhaps a nice heirloom grade hand rubbed wax finish? Not a clue. Appreciate any info.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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Re: Lifting platform finish

I just finished my platform with a 2-in-1 Polyurethane/Stain. Some people advise against using polyurethane, as it can make things too slippery. If it is too slippery, you can always take some steel wool to it.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Lifting platform finish

I have always been partial to unfinished hardwood plywood. Unfinished medium density fiberboard (MDF) also works well.

The platforms do not look as nice as the finished ones, but I think the texture is perfect.

I have lifted on varnished platforms and for the most part, I think that they are not a problem unless they are covered in sweat.
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Re: Lifting platform finish

Awesome, thanks guys.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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Re: Lifting platform finish

Just curious--why hardwood plywood?
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Re: Lifting platform finish

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Just curious--why hardwood plywood?
It is only about $10 more than sanded pine plywood, and seems to hold up a little better. It is only the thin outer layers that are hardwood, but they seem less likely to chip.

Birch plywood also seems less likely to chip than oak.

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Re: Lifting platform finish

What he said.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:22 AM   #8
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Re: Lifting platform finish

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 $$.
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Re: Lifting platform finish

The greater fibrous strength of deciduous woods makes them more durable, easier to work and generally look better (i.e. more professional). The reason it costs more is they grow slower and in fewer places than evergreens.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:14 AM   #10
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The greater fibrous strength of deciduous woods makes them more durable, easier to work and generally look better (i.e. more professional). The reason it costs more is they grow slower and in fewer places than evergreens.
I'm hip to the hardwoods--crossfit and woodworking take up the bulk of my leisure time--but I've never built a lifting platform.

If anyone who's into wood is ever in the Lancaster area--a trip to the Groff & Groff lumberyard is a pilgrimage worth making.
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