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« on: September 09, 2008 07:13:31 AM »

My hubby and I have just purchased our FIRST new dining table! woo! woo! We got it thru World Market on sale no less!  The pieces of the set are being shipped separately and I've received the chairs and the bench. The set was described as having "crushed bamboo" accents. I didn't know what that mean til I got the bench.  The bench's top is covered (very nicely I might add) with bamboo that has been split in half and then crushed to make flat. This makes for the presences of grooves between the bamboo where crumbs and such can (and do) fall.  The table is to arrive sometimes this week.

OK. The issue is I'm a mom and wife of a busy family. We aren't the neatest family either! LOL!  I was wanting to cover the table top (and maybe the bench) with something to even out the surface to make cleanups easier.  Do ya think polyurethane would work? Which type is best? Oil or water based?  What about antoher product?

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008 10:23:18 AM »

I love bamboo!  There's a product called "bar topper" or something like that that would probably work well.  It's thick (to fill those cracks and crevices) and sets up very hard and clear.  Made to cover drinkin'-type bars, so it's durable.  I don't know if it comes in two parts like most resins, or if it needs to be mixed.  Resin is another option.

I don't think polyurethane would be thick enough to fill the crevices in just a coat or two.

One possible problem is how flexible the surface is; any kind of coating might crack if applied thickly to something that gets bent.

and for the non-crushed surfaces; when we bought our bamboo table, the shop said to spray it with clear finish once a year to keep the bamboo from deteriorating.  Works great!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008 01:21:32 PM »

Thanks for the input!  I'll consider the "bar topper". I think I know what you are talking about.  I really hate to do anything to it being that it will be our first new piece of furniture (after 16 years!!!), but then I'm not looking forward to cleaning out the crevices either.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008 02:55:56 PM »

Well, I just learned that bar-topper IS a polyurethane product, so you were on the right track to begin with!
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 06:53:52 AM »

.......and for the non-crushed surfaces; when we bought our bamboo table, the shop said to spray it with clear finish once a year to keep the bamboo from deteriorating.  Works great!

I forgot to ask you - what is the clear finish that you use on your bamboo table?
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008 01:25:55 PM »

cheap stuff from the big box store.  might be poly, might be lacquer, the important part is to protect the bamboo!
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