Workbench - Start to Finish #4: Finish

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Blog entry by beaudex posted 07-18-2008 02:18 PM 1135 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be a short and sweet entry. I finished the base of the bench using 3 coats of high gloss poly. Why high gloss? not sure, I guess in my pea brain I think that glossier = easier to dust. My technique fo poly is pretty simple:

1. first coat I try to use a thinned version of the finish for better penetration.
2. I either sand between each coat with either 220 grit sandpaper or steel wool. (any drips I take off with a chisel to save on both my arm and the sandpaper)
3. the second and third coats are done the same way except I use full strength finish.
4. I do the final coat by steel wool, then dusting, then paste wax, then polish

The top is pure tung oil, I use pure tung oil only because I like the smell and it takes a long while for it to dry. I finish it with paste wax. I always recoat the top of the bench whenever I am doing the same finish on another piece which tends to be quite often.



-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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