I'd go for poly/BLO.
It will keep glue & stuff from sticking & can be renewed
without a lot of work.
Might think about a sacraficial top of hardboard, too.
What kind of construction was required to keep the bridge
from sagging in use under the weight of the router and
I have been considering doing the same thing but worry
Did one bit stay sharp through the entire process or
did you have to use several?
Looks like you used a jig something like the David Marks
one described in my early post.
Would love to see pictures if you got 'em.
Congrats on the bench.
Has your FIL seen it?
Bet he'd be a little jealous seeing his bench lookin'
Good job of jigging up, Jeff, and good job on
If it were mine, I'd seriously consider a plain oil
finish, and maintain it as needed every
If you think you might do alot of damage to it, you
can always use a hardboard skin on it and change the
hardboard when it gets ratty.
Remember, that when using an oil finish on Oak, you
don't really want to flood the wood, as the large
Oak pores can absorb the oil deeply enough into the
wood that the internal oil may never cure - and
meanwhile, the pores will bleed out for quite
So, oil on Oak works fine for me if you apply it
Good luck with the "new" bench
That makes very good sense!
Hey, is it OK with you if I saved parts of this
thread & pictures for my web site under Router
I will be adding this technique to my
... working on it...