Smallder Desk #2: The magic of finish

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Blog entry by SauceMan posted 04-25-2017 07:31 AM 867 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s quite amazing the transformation that finish will do to your wood.

Today I applied the first coat of a wipe on poly, and the color drastically changed. In the photo below I’ve left a “bald spot” so you can see the stark contrast.

Sadly, there are some blemishes in the paint. My guess is that they’re caused by smeared on wood glue that is not visible but is enough to block the varnish. My next project will be better!


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#1 posted 04-25-2017 04:18 PM

Any blemishes are most definitely caused by glue or oil on the wood surface. Have you ever tried Danish oil as a finish? We used it on the dining table I built and the finish came out really nice.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 05:53 PM


No, never tried any kind of oil really. You can safely assume I’ve tried nothing as a finish since I’m new to all these things!

What’s the best way to clean the wood before finishing it on my next project? Mineral spirits? Will that also get any extra adhesive, or is it only good for oils?


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#3 posted 04-26-2017 05:01 PM

Sauce – I always give my project a final sanding (220 or 320 grit) after all of the gluing is done just so I can sand off an excess glue and any other scratches that come around during the build. If you miss a spot, you can always sand the finish in that area back to raw wood and start over.

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

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