To seal or not to seal

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Old Guy, May 22, 2009.

  1. Old Guy

    Old Guy Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    I am building my 2 x 4 bench this weekend and wondered whether I needed to simply sand the plywood very smooth only or to seal it with polyurethane or some other sealant. Any advice?

    Old Guy
  2. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    I did not - but I was a little lazy so my suggestion for the non-lazy person would be yes.

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Same here, I used sanded plywood (one side), no sealer, no paint. I didn't think I would need it, and after 20 years, I still haven't needed it. I use a coster for my coffee cups, and no stains as of yet.
  4. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    If you don't seal the top surface of the plywood it can splinter. I think it best to either cover it with masonite (on top of the plywood) for a harder surface or put on a coat of polyurethane on at least the top. It kind of glues the wood together and stops the wood from splintering if you drag a heavy object across it.

    Another option is the composite wood that is lots of sawdust held together with lots of glue. They normally compress the top and bottom during curing and that makes for a hard smooth surface. It needs to be thick (like 5/8 to 3/4 inch) and can be used as the top without plywood underneath. That's the way I did mine and it has held up for 25 years of hard use.

  5. sewerman

    sewerman New Member

    our shop tables were wooden but had sheet metal on top. easy to clean and presented a surface impervious to spills and damage.
    my reload table has formica as a top over the composite underlayer far holding up well.

  6. dsv424

    dsv424 New Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Garland, Tx.
    I sealed mine with 5 coats of polyeruthane(its as smooth as a babies bottom) I did this so the surface would be protected and it makes wiping it off a lot easier.
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    +1 .. I did not seal mine, probably for the same reason!
  8. Gene Seward

    Gene Seward Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Batesville, Arkansas
    I painted mine with outdoor paint with two coats. Since then I have ran over it a couple more times to make it look better and to yet seal it even more.
  9. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    I'd seal it just so it's easier to wipe clean.
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