King Size Mission Style Bed #2: Stripping the finish

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Blog entry by IowaWoodcrafter posted 05-05-2008 03:33 AM 2222 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After spraying on the water based poly I noticed splotches in several places. I’m very unhappy with the finish and have decided to strip off the poly and restain. I had followed the directions on the can of stain. The directions said to wait 24 hours before applying water based finish. I waited well over the 24 hours, on some pieces it was close to a week.

On the first bed I built I applied a coat of shellac before spraying on the poly. I tried to hurry the process this time by skipping the shellac, this was a big mistake. Instead of cutting time I have increased the time before the bed is finished. I’ve learned my lesson and will never skip this step again. Oh well, this has given me an excuse to buy a new tool, a hand held belt sander.

Speaking of tools I looked all over today trying to find an affordable belt sander made anywhere but China. The local Menards was selling a store brand, Workforce, variable speed sander for $89. Of course it was made in China. They had a Makita made in England for $129 but it was in a mangled up box. Farm and Fleet sold a Porter Cable for $129 made in Mexico, but it was a fixed speed unlike the Makita. So, I’m still shopping for the belt sander. I’d buy online but I want to start sanding tomorrow.

I’ll post another blog after I have completed the refinish work.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 03:56 AM

thanks for the post. skipping the shellac is one thing that many people often forget or even don’t know about. I actually just learned about that about 2 weeks ago. it always seems like its just a waste of time but i did like you skip it once and my piece was ruined. not sure much about belt sanders, mine is like a 10+ year old craftsman. works good though for what i us it for. thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 07:12 PM

Bummer….lesson hard learned! I own the Porter Cable…it’s a good sander but it heats up like a mother when you use it for any extended time!


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