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The horses are now ready for the finish of your choice. I use Danish oil, but shellac, polyurethane, or varnish will do.

Once dry, the last step is to attach the optional sacrificial pieces to the top. Because I work with a lot of softer woods, I use clear cedar for this. That way, not only are the horses protected from errant saw cuts and the like, but the workpieces I place on them are protected from the horses’ harder fir. As before, you can use any wood you like, or none at all.

To make these tops easy to replace and free of metal fasteners, I use double-stick tape.