Plantation Shutters #9: Wood Finish error. I made booboo. Re-do

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-31-2017 02:44 AM 1561 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Jambs & Stool installed, adjustable story stick, starting on casing Part 9 of Plantation Shutters series Part 10: Window Casing completed. Next, the shutter frame & shutters themselves »

Poly runs. Ug! Maybe I’m lucky to have found out now on easy wood and such small quantities. Not sure what was different between my window jambs & stool boards to these casing boards. But I have runs on the side. Bad. I had none on the jambs. I can only assume, went too heavy causing running drips. How to fix? I can only guesstimate sand down and re-finish. Again, it’s only the sides. But still… Ug. Bob Flexner’s “Understanding Wood Finishing” came in today. Guess I best go read. Have to figure out how to apply poly to the sides of boards. No problem along the faces, but only the sides.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 06:35 AM

260 pages later… my brain hurts :) But now I think I know what I did wrong (more than 1 thing, actually). That Bob Flexner book really helped me understand the world of finishing. Now if I can just remember it all…

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 11:55 AM

Having the runs can ruin a whole weekend ;). My guess would be it will need to be sanded down and resprayed. For the edges you will probably have to have a little more distance between the gun and the piece and lay a few light passes. Bob Flexner’s book was a real eye opener for me too. The only problem I had after reading it was not having enough projects to try all the things I learned before I forget them. Before I dreaded finishing because it was a stage that had the potential to ruin the whole project for me, but now I feel very confident in knowing what to expect from what products and how best to apply them. Charles Neil’s you tube videos are also an awesome source for how best to apply.

-- --Zach

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