Top Coats: Oil Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Oil Based Topcoats.

"Every year for my birthday I try to do something for my mother. It is usually something I make. This is the one for my 31st birthday. She “hinted” she had to have a new coffee table she could rest her legs on and something that is slightly lower than her current one. She actually requested knots aka something with character. 100% solid walnut 21”x46” coffee table with stainless steel hairpin legs. Love how the semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal from General Finishes turned out." - Shane Wyke  

We created this wild eye popping bench using a 6" thick highly figured live edge big leaf Maple slab that we've ebonized and paired with custom i-beam chevron legs.  The slab top has been finished using Seal A Cell and Arm R Seal.  The i-beam legs were created using reclaimed salvaged steel and finished in an iridescent gold powdercoat. 

This was my first big project using dovetails and it turned out really well, especially for being built entirely with hand tools.. I found this amazing board of curly birch hiding under boring boards at Home Depot. I wanted to really highlight the grain in this box so I used Arm-R-Seal. This was my first time using it and I was super happy with how well it worked. I put 5 coats on and sanded inbetween coats with 600 grit sandpaper. Taking my time with the finishing gave me glass smooth...

A local hospice organization (Hospice Support of Fauquier County, Virginia) contacted me to design and make a wall display for their office.  Their desired theme was the Tree of Life, and the display would be used to recognize volunteers and contributors to their organization.  We began a collaboration that led to making a scale model to verify the design, and then the final product pictured here.

The display consists of 3 large panels decorated with hand-cut marquetry to portray the...

"Another finely hand crafted game headed to it's new home for many hours of family fun and entertainment" - Wood Magicians   Loving how GF Arm-R-Seal brings out the natural beauty of the wood!  

How neat is this custom bottle opener by Nick's Woodshop! Ambrosia curly maple finished with Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.

"This antique Chest of Drawers had an awful stain job on it. It has been stripped to raw wood and lightly sanded. I then added General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and dark wax to seal it and bring out the beautiful wood grain. New, updated drawer pulls were added. This piece is in excellent condition. Antiqued Pine has a wonderful ability to fit in with any home decor or style." - The Shabby Shack    
"Every one of my end grain cutting boards gets a coat of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish diluted with mineral spirits before getting the final mineral oil coats. Food safe when cured, this stuff is amazing." - Custom Grain Designs    
"We had the privilege of refinishing some family heirloom pieces for a client. These pieces were sanded down and refinished using General Finishes Java Gel stain and sealed in their Gel Topcoat. Love how it highlights the wood grain!" - Painted Paradise - Antiques, Vintage, and Repurposed Furniture   Learn more about how to apply GF Gel Stain and Gel Topcoat to raw wood in this video: https://www.youtube.com/...
"8 ft live edge sycamore table. Seal-a-cell and Salad Bowl Finish. Base built from scratch and done with Lamp Black and Flat Out Flat. Thanks GF! JR's Timeless Treasures Antiques and Consignments   Visit JR's Timeless Treasures Antiques and Consignments at 2418 Baldwin Mill Rd Fallston, MD to purchase your favorite GF products.        
Tommaso Giangrande of The Way of the Wood created this spoon rest from Maple and Walnut and sealed it with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish.     
"I love Gel Stain and Arm-r-Seal! I refinished my vintage bankers chair in a custom blend of Java and Candlelite Gel Stain and finished with Arm-r-Seal." Eden Elyse Design Co.    

What a beautiful custom piece this is! The American Woodshop applied six coats of Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat to achieve this shiny and durable finish.

"I am very pleased to share with you all The Randall Rocker! The chair is made up of solid and bent wood laminations more than 170 pieces in all. For those who don't know, bent laminations are thinly sliced strips of wood. By making them thin they become pliable. They are then placed in a form with glue between layers and left overnight. Once cured the pieces are stronger than the original wood and very sturdy." - Fedor Woods   The Randall Rocker has been finished with General Finishes...

What a stunning butterfly bench this is by Mike Schwing of Schwing Woodworking! This is so creative!!

"For the bench, I finished with one coat of Watco danish natural, followed by one coat of shellac," Mike explains. "After lightly sanding with 220 grit, I applied three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal... Arm-R-Seal is my go-to finish and the one I recommend most for my students as well. Love the stuff!"

This desk features a beautiful burled veneer top that has been completely refinished with General Finishes Water Base Dye Stains.  It is a custom color mix consisting of Medium Brown Dye Stain with a touch of Dark Brown Dye Stain and sealed with Arm R Seal. The base of the desk was hand painted in a custom off white and then perfectly aged using General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze.

Bark to Blade handcrafted these beautiful wooden servers and sealed them with GF Salad Bowl Finish.      
"Stools completed. These pieces were finished using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in satin. It really makes the grain of both the walnut and the honey locust pop. It was my first time using this product, needless to say I'm a fan." - District 14 Woodworking Company    

Beachum Woodworks sealed this stunning live edge floating hall table in a few coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal! Be sure to check out other custom furniture they have created at http://bit.ly/2mofPQq.

See more custom furniture people have completed with GF products at the Design Center at http://bit.ly/2bQnxiw!

"Today I bring you the most gorgeous buffet. Farmhouse meets chic with a lot of love! Crystal jewelry and gold leafed hardware!! 
I cant get enough of this baby!!"
-Heavenly Chic Refinishing

Products Used: 
Top: Brown Mahogany Gel Stain & Arm-R-Seal Topcoat
Legs: Medium Brown Dye Stain & Enduro-Var Topcoat
Body: Farmhouse Milk Paint (not a GF product)

Check out this gorgeou Drop-Leaf Pembroke Table refinished by Woodcraft of Orlando patrons, Tim Fuller! Finished with Sand Shadow Shading and General Finishes Gel Topcoat! Great work Tim!

Lumbertown Woodworks shares this neat custom-made walnut slab table! Sealed with Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat.

"This one is on hold but I thought I would share photos of her anyway. She's another beauty! When you paint (perfect) lines on furniture, it really doubles the time of your work, but the time it takes can be well worth it. She looks black but this one is a custom colour of General Finishes Coastal Blue and Lamp Black which turned out to be a dark navy colour. I really love it. Reminds me of ink and navy always looks dazzling next to brass. As a topcoat I used GF's Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat...
What a custom beauty this coffee table is by Chris Sowa of Lumbertown Woodworks! The live edge slab of Walnut was coated in Arm-R-Seal topcoat.   See more custom pieces such as live-edge pieces by going to the Design Center at http://designs.generalfinishes.com/color-category/custom-furniture.

"This used to be a tree stump...Might have been destined for a wood chipper or used as firewood. Now it is a hand-carved dining chair. About 30 hours was spent creating this chair and finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat. I love this product and use it on almost every project I do." - Dallas Gara of Garawood

Dallas entered this into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

These Demilune chests are made of African mahogany with satinwood inlay.  Demilune is a word of French origin meaning ‘half-moon’.

"Each chest has three dovetailed drawers.  The brass drawer pulls are from White Chapel Hardware.  The tabletop, curved panels, and drawer fronts, feature grain-matched crotch mahogany.  The crotch grain pattern occurs within a tree trunk where the trunk splits in two.  The sequential veneers used for these chests are carefully aligned for a beautiful...

"42" diameter honey Mesquite local grown reclaimed live edge 2" thick end grain slab finished in 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss with 10" tall angled lucite acrylic legs." - Ryan of LumberLust Designs

Ryan entered this awesome piece into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest.

"A coffee table made from a live-edge piece of spalted, curly maple and 3/8 inch metal rebar." - Sean Fouse of SF Woodworking

General Finishes Seal-A-Cell sealer (clear) and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat (Satin) were used for this project.

Sean entered this piece into the Wooddworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"This coffee table is made out of solid pine lumber with mosaic tile inlaid on the surface." - Sean Fouse of SF Woodworking

Products used:

General Finishes Seal-A-Cell sealer (clear)

General Finishes Arms-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat (satin)

This piece was entered into the Woodworking category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest

"This is a Walnut Rocking chair with curly maple accents. I spent over 100 hours building this rocker and finished it off with an oil mix containing  General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. This oil makes the wood grain pop-out beautifully and provides a smooth durable finish. I love this oil!!" - Dallas Gara

Dallas entered this into the Wood Working category of the 2016 GF Design Challenge Contest and won 2nd place!

"Antique theater chairs I purchased from a church in Denver. I purchased a few sets and slowly refinishing and painting them. I embraced the imperfections! Here's a set of 3 I did today. General Finishes Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint & Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat. The seats & backs were sanded. 50/50 pre-stain & Polyvine Walnut Stain & Seal. Dead flat wax finish was used to seal the seats & backs." - Stephanie of Rehab to Fab

"The Ash live-edge slab bench/coffee table is complete! Thanks again to @mattcremona for the inspiration. Finished with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Fun project to work on and I'll probably have to do it again soon!" Lumberjack Luke

A big congrats to Scott Brooks on his Best In Show award at the Michigan State Fair for his hope chest finished in GF Arm-R-Seal.   Scott says, "Thanks again for making my projects stand out from the crowd!"    

Check out this table by RISE Woodworks! This rustic piece was custom-designed with brass inlays and then finished with Arm R Seal.

See more of RISE Woodwork's project at their Etsy page at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RISEwoodworks.

These handmade Cherry and Red Oak coasters by Chroma Woodwork have got us wishing summer wasn't almost over! They've been sealed with GF oil based topcoat Arm-R-Seal in gloss.   Learn more about Arm-R-Seal in the FAQ section of our website - https://generalfinishes.com/faqs   #generalfinishes #gfarmrseal   #generalfinishes #gftopcoat #armrseal #oilbased    
This fabulous Antique Jacobean dining set was refinished by Rehab to Fab. The table top is a mix of General Finishes Light Oak & Spiced Walnut Oil Based Stain was used to achieve the color & 5 coats of GF's Arm-r-Seal.    

Cheese-lover "Cheeseheads" will love to slice their cheese on this matching serving board! Lumberjack Luke used Salad Bowl Finish for this awesome piece.

He explains, "I polished this up not too long ago for a custom order. Bloodwood and what turned out to be Birdseye maple (originally thought it was plain ol' maple, but after sanding and planing down, it turned out to have hidden secrets). Wonderful character in the grains and GF's Salad Bowl Finish really brought out the colors of...

BorkWood used GF Salad Bowl Finishes on these beautiful handcrafted serving trays.   GF Salad Bowl Finish is our heavy duty oil and urethane oil based topcoat, which produces a beautiful hand rubbed quality finish. Create a beautiful and safe finish on wooden bowls, cups, spoons, decorative wood countertops or other wood surfaces that contact food.    

Scott Brooks is at it again! This time, Scott decided to custom-build a display for his grandmother's teakettles!

He explains, "I needed a way to display my beloved grandmothers tea kettle in a more dignified manner than on my stove or a shelf. I saw a version of this in a magazine a year or so ago and made my own variation with a lower shelf to stabilize the fragile tapered legs and also to reclaim that space…

The finish is in several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (...

JW Woodworks shares how durable Arm-R-Seal oil-based topcoat is with this unique table.

They explain, "A year has passed since I delivered this solid walnut slab dining table. It is used everyday by a family 4 (and holiday parties). Other than some minor surface scratches, it looks just as good as it did a year ago!"

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Stunning custom barn doors finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil Based Topcoat by Lake Erie Woodworks.   Check out these videos from GF to learn more about topcoats-   How to Choose a Top Coat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=torOAQy91q4   Can Oil and Water Based Products Be Used Over One Another?: https://www.youtube.com/...
"The frame of this beautiful Henredon Campaign dresser was sanded, primed, and painted in Antique White Milk Paint and sealed with several coats of High Performance Top Coat in satin. The drawer fronts were sanded and stained in Antique Walnut (Gel Stain) and finished with multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal. This classic dresser went from a heavy, dark 70s look - with quite a few dings and scratches - to a much lighter, modern feel." - Trillium Park Designs   Watch this video to learn more...

George Baumgartner refinished this lovely oak desk using one coat of General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain topped with three coats of Gel Topcoat Satin.

Rockford Retiqued calls General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Topcoat an "awesome and tough as nails topcoat".  They also say, "General Finishes Arm-R-Seal will stand up to the use and abuse my little family will show this!" 

Learn more about how to choose a topcoat for your project in this video - http://youtu.be/torOAQy91q4

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"Some things you just look better in wood tones! This dining set has gone through many phases but it's finally done! Table base is a 1/4 sawn oak antique that has a wash of GF Lamp Black & Arm-R-Seal. Top was sanded and I left the natural wood color with just GF Arm-R-Seal. Chairs were cleaned up & got a good coat of GF Satin finishing wax." - Rehab to Fab
Urban Patina says, "I love your Arm-R-Seal Top Coat on all my interior furniture! Love it! I used it on this piece of Butternut. Highlights the character amazingly!"
"MY Furniture Creations LOVES your products. We used your Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal Topcoat to turn this Mid-Century side table into a beautiful piece my client can once again use in their home."
"General Finishes Satin Arm-R-Seal topcoat was the perfect choice for my kitchen island made from old barn treasures!" - TatteredGypsy
Edmund Haremski made this beautiful modern hall table as a wedding present for a friend using cherry, red oak and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss Top Coat!
"This oak dresser had been in the family for over 50 years when my client decided to give this work horse an update. I stripped the top and refinished both the drawer fronts and top with Java Gel followed by several coats of Arm-R-Seal. The frame was lightly sanded and painted with three coats of Lamp Black and sealed with Arm-R-Seal as well. Hopefully this latest round of furniture TLC will give this sturdy little dresser another good 50 years of life!" Trillium Park Designs of Olympia, WA