Jensen-style Z-Chair #26: Pre-assembly finishing

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 07-04-2019 06:59 PM 227 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Seat frame - glue-up Part 26 of Jensen-style Z-Chair series Part 27: Back glue-up »

I’m at a point in the project where it makes sense to pause and apply some finish before completing the final assembly. It’s going to be easier to do it now than to try to work in tight quarters after the chair is assembled.

I started with the back slats. I used a piece of plywood with dowels to support the slats as they dried.

I’m trying Odie’s Oil for the first time. It’s got the consistency of slightly grainy honey.

The product is applied with a fine scotch-brite pad (I used the ultra-fine grey pads), allowed to set for at least 40 minutes, and then buffed off.

This is just the low-luster sheen I was looking for. So far, I like this product. The thickness makes it very easy to control when applying it.

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#1 posted 07-05-2019 11:29 AM

Wow that really brought out the color. Looks like something worth giving a try.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 07-05-2019 05:20 PM

That sure looks very nice. Thank you for sharing this

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 07-05-2019 10:04 PM

The Odie’s Oil takes some elbow grease to apply, but it’s error-proof. I like that I don’t have to worry about finishing in a dust free environment. Just rub it in, let it set for 40 minutes to 24 hrs (I think that was the recommended upper limit), and then buff off with terry cloth. The result is silky smooth.

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