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The finish of the table surface depends on what result you want and how you will use the furniture. One of the popular and universal options is the use of lacquer coatings. Lacquer creates a hard and smooth surface that protects the wood from moisture and mechanical damage. However, lacquer can crack over time and requires refinishing. Personally, I really like the use of oils for finishes, especially when it comes to live edge tables. Oils such as linseed oil or tung oil penetrate deeply into the wood, nourishing it and emphasizing the natural grain. This is ideal for those who want to preserve the natural look of the wood and protect it. It's important to keep in mind that each finish requires specific surface preparation and regular maintenance. For example, oiled tables will need to be periodically impregnated to maintain their protective properties, while polyurethane and epoxy finishes may require polishing to maintain their appearance. Ultimately, the choice of finish depends on your aesthetic preferences and how you plan to use the furniture

I echo the thoughts expressed earlier and would like to add that the choice of finish also depends on the environment and your personal style. For example, if the furniture will be in a high humidity environment such as a kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider coatings that provide strong protection against water, such as lacquer or epoxy. If a natural look and tactile feel is important, oils will be a great solution. Don't forget to consider the time and expense of regular maintenance, which is especially important for natural finishes.

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