CNC Kitchen Table Finishing

CNC Kitchen Table Finishing

CNC Kitchen Table Finishing is our topic today. Now that our projects milled and sanded, what do we do with it ? Do I stain it ? Do I paint it ? Keep it a single color or add multiple colors to it ? What steps can I take to protect my investment? How will we seal it ? Can I leave it natural ? These are all questions we’ll address here shortly.

Log Materials

cedarOur projects made from softwoods purchased locally. Log furnishings are mostly made from softwoods so we’ll look at finishing techniques best suited for them. Pine, Cedar and spruce are common log furniture materials. They require specific finishing techniques. Cedar and pine both emit saps and oils. Sealing prior to painting or staining prevents bleed through. Look at a quality sanding sealer for this purpose.

Sanding wood sealer locks the porous material. This reduces the amount of finish applications for the desired results. To stain or not to stain. To paint or not to paint. Which way will I go ? I’ve chosen to keep my project simple. A single color on the engraving. The base is sealed preventing multiple finished coats being applied. Then a couple of light coats of polyurethane to my base. My table top is poured with a 2 part epoxy resin to protect it for years to come.


airbrushCNC Kitchen Table Finishing includes painting your scene. Want that water effect to have color ? Those trees would look better if you add some green to the leaves. Put some color to that big scene you just engraved. Your limitations are only what you can’t think up. What’s the best way to get paint into the engraving? Airbrushing is fast, you don’t need to be an expert. Excess paints removed by sanding. This process is our favorite in this shop.


Your cnc kitchen table finishing can also use stain. Stains come in a wide array of colors. Water or oil based and clean with paint thinner or water. Apply with a brush, rag or foam pad. Staining is a simple procedure but requires adequate drying time prior to sealing. Stains can be mixed to create that one of a kind color for your project.

Wood Finishes

  • Wood Sealers: 

    Before we start the finishing process I apply at least 1 good coat of sanding sealer. The reason is due mainly in part to the materials used to fabricate log furniture in the first place. Pine & Cedar are both very porous and can also “Bleed” resins and saps out. By sealing we reduce the number of finish coats needed to complete the project.

  • Polyurethane:

    It is a plastic resin that is carried in solvents. Available in either water-based or oil, polyurethane is a favorite to use but does have its pros & cons. It goes on relatively easy, has a low odor, very durable and readily available. Applied heavy it runs and it’s dry time allows for dust particles in the air to settle in the finish.

  • Lacquer:

     This is probably my most favorite of all the finishes with its ease of application, depth & richness it imparts in wood. It has a moderate to strong durability rating and dries very quickly weather brushed or sprayed. Its drawbacks are sensitivity to certain solvents & cleaners, moderate water resistance and a tendency to turn yellow with age.

  • Varnish:

    In my opinion this is one of the toughest coatings to use on your projects. It’s durability comes from a much higher ratio of solids in the varnish itself. It brushed or sprayed without much difficulty, is quite resilient to water, scratches, UV light and chemicals. The downside is its drying time and much like polyurethane is subject to free floating dust particles in the air.

  • Shellac:

    Our shop uses shellac primarily as a protective coating over our engraved painted images. I use the wax free & clear in a spray can for this purpose. Shellac comes in different shades. Is waxed, DE-waxed and is brushed or sprayed. It also has wonderful blocking properties and helps with resin from pine knots and other oily woods. With a short shelf live I keep a can in the shop for the above mentioned purpose.

Application Processes

paintingCNC Kitchen Table Finishing is done in the application process. Whether you paint by hand, airbrush or large spray system keep these thing in mind. Hand painting is tedious and time consuming. An airbrush is faster but modest control and understanding of the device come into play. Larger spray systems require ventilation and filtration for the overspray. This doesn’t work for everyone. Spraying indoors covers EVERYTHING when not done correctly. Not to mention solvents with high VOC’s are flammable and unhealthy to breathe. Look for products that are easy to find locally. Don’t require special equipment to apply. Cleans up easily and effortlessly. Budget friendly to not just yourself but your client as well. Explore the possibilities for your next engraved piece.


Want that unique piece of rustic wood furnishing nobody else has ? A true one of a kind ? Then build your next table, bed or chair yourself. Why pay that expensive retail price for your dream piece ? These were all questions I wished I asked when looking to purchase log furnishings for my own home. Never settle on buying, design and build it.

Thank You for taking the time to read

~An Engraver In The Woods

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