Humidor build #3: -Finish

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Blog entry by Drew Gregory posted 07-06-2016 08:54 PM 1311 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So far this project has been an excellent learning process, when it came time to finishing that was no exception.

The client was looking for a “super glossy” look to the box. I decided to use a tung oil from Lee valley.

The process was very simple. The lid to the humidor has some very fine figure to it so I wont up sanding it to 800 grit to remove all sanding marks. The rest of the box I sanded to 500 grit.

I applied a thick first coat and let it soak in for about 10 minutes before wiping off the excess. This grain was thirsty!
About 3 hours later the box was dry and no longer tacky to the touch so I repeated the process, kind of, I wiped on a thick coat again then used an 800 grit foam back sand paper and gave the box a light sand. Let the box stand about 10 minutes and wiped away the excess.

I let the box sit for about 24 hours before applying 3rd coat. 12 hours later I gave the box a lite sand with 800 grit, this time dry and applied the 4th coat.

12 hours later I did a light sand and applied the 5th coat. 12 hours after that I applied the 6th coat with out sanding in-between as the box was starting to appear butter smooth. I let that coat dry 24 hours and did the 7th coat.

At this point I asked the client to come have a look at the box since my intention was to do 3 more coats, let the box cure for 2 weeks then use the micro mesh disc set from 1500 grit to 12,000 grit to polish the box. The client however was more than pleased with how the box turned out and asked me to stop there.

Right now I am seasoning the box to make sure that it can still be opened and closed with the added humidity.

Thanks for reading and following along with the project, I appreciate all the advise and comments.






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#1 posted 07-06-2016 11:56 PM

Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’m certain your client was more than pleased.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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