Top Coats: Oil Based

Furniture Design Ideas featuring Oil Based Topcoats.

I purchased this old Victorian dresser that's over 100 years old! It was in pretty rough shape and has come a LOOOONG way!
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Now it's absolutely glowing thanks to General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil-based poly in Satin, and a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed in Artissimo + Typewriter. Did I mention the original drop pulls and the Knapp joinery?!
 

"Such beautiful wood grain on this cedar chest! This belonged to my client and was in the family for years. At one point a relative attempted to refinish this chest but left stain streaks and dried stripping agent. I completely stripped and sanded this and then used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal for a protective finish. I love the difference in wood tones and my client is so happy with the result!" 

Dancing Juniper Mountain juniper i cut from the datil mountains ,this piece is super rich in color and the turquoise really pops, this is a big piece at 10.5" in diameter and 13.5" tall ,finish is general finish arm-r-seal oil and urethane top coat gloss, then buffed with the three stage beal buff ,skipped the carnuba wax and used renaissance wax.

Finish is everything. If the finish is not good it can ruin the whole project. Many times it takes as long to finish a project as it does to turn it.

I generally sand as much as I can while the project is on the lathe and then hand sand the finishing touches.

Inlayng TURQUOISE and COPPER in the natural cracks and voids is the last thing I do before putting the final sanding touches on.

For my finish I use General Finishes SEAL-A-CELL clear and ARM-R-SEAL gloss topcoat...

This is a simple segmented bowl that endevors to use the natural colors of the various woods to make an attractive package.  The woods used are Purple Heart, Cherry, Olivewood, Mahogany, Padauk and Walnut.  The bowl is 5" high and 9" in diameter at the top and is approximately 3/8" thick.  The bowl was made in 2017 and contains 136 pieces. 

  • General Finishes Seal-a-Cell Clear and Gel Topcoat wipe on Urethane Satin

10 inch Spalted Ash bowl finished with GF Wood Bowl Finish

 

Finish is everything. If the finish is not good it can ruin the whole project. Many times it takes as long to finish a project as it does to turn it.

I generally sand as much as I can while the project is on the lathe and then hand sand the finishing touches.

Inlayng TURQUOISE and COPPER in the natural cracks and voids is the last thing I do before putting the final sanding touches on.

For my finish I use General Finishes ARM-R-SEAL clear and SEAL-A-CELL gloss topcoat...

"Just one more coat of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Gloss and this gorgeous cedar mid-century modern coffee table will be complete. But, it’s looking sharp already!" 

"Amazing how a little General Finishes Arm-R-Seal can bring a barrel to life!" - Unrefined Roots LLC

Chivalrous and sophisticated, this gentleman stands out in the crowd, being recognized as one with a high social standing. Burl wood is highly prized by artists and carpenters for it’s unique shapes and ring patterns. This outstanding specimen was refinished with care and sealed with General Finishes urethane. Eye catching and makes a statement indeed. With doors that open up to 2 shelves, and 3 drawers, there’s ample space for your wardrobe. Complete your design in class and style. 

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"I think this is our best one yet! Top side is finished with General Finishes oil based Arm R Seal and the bottom has a coat of Odie's Oil. We can cast epoxy in almost any tabletop application! If you are in the market for something absolutely one of a kind, please visit our website and reach out to us to discuss your next dream project!" - Mountain Heart Woodworks

"Before and after with one coat of General Finishes Arm R Seal on the book matched ash slab island. This is truly going to be the centerpiece of the kitchen." - Lakeside Woodworks    
"Getting ready to send home this custom job soon. It was completely refinished and given several new coats of Arm-r-Seal, it’s now ready for another 30 years of use as the owner said. That’s one of the things I love about re-doing furniture, instead of them ending up in the landfill they get a new lease on life." - Hidden Treasures Refinishing    
"I could not be more proud of this chessboard. The Ash and Bubinga woods turned out great and I think the contrast is just right. We used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal to get that beautiful finish. I wish I could keep it for my self but this one is going off to a very luck member of the family!" - Gatta Ro.Am.    
Hutch by restored with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.    

A local Sawyer saved this sequoia tree from being disposed of in a chipper. I bought a set of book matched slabs and made a big dining table or conference table out of them. I stored the slabs for a while until they were dry enough to work with.

Using a circular saw, I made sure the joint in the middle was straight and met up nicely. I used a Festool Domino to align the two halves and glued them together. There was quite a bit of work to do with a router flattening jig on both...

This coffee table is made of Modesto Ash, that was destined to become firewood. I grew up with this Ash tree, it watched me and my brothers grow up. Unfortunately the tree was diseased and had to be taken down. I talked to the arborist and made a deal with them to leave me the trunk as a whole piece. They dropped it, my dad and I spent the next few days clearing up all of the brush and cut the limbs into manageable pieces of firewood. The next day I spent a few hours using an alaskan...

"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!  

So incredible - A Good Turn Colorado gave their merchandise table a fresh look with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based topcoat.

Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest quality urethane resin. They penetrate the wood deep down and give you that "natural look" finish that is extremely durable and long-lasting. Learn more about Arm-R-Seal topcoats at http://bit.ly/2w6VsN2.

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    

Dresser refinished with GF Seal A Cell, Arm R Seal, Stain Blocking Primer and Snow White Milk Paint

"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