A simple chair in need of finish

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Hey all,

I just finished my first official chair along with 9 of his friends. I need some help though. I don’t have a spray room to be able to do a polyurethane finish on them. They are going to be used in a school for a work/conference room. What finish would fellow lumberjocks recommend that will be durable i.e. stand up to possible washing and spills? Thanks for looking and commenting if you get the chance.

They are done with cherry and a Rust o Leum stain. Color of stain is Kona.

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 08:51 PM

I would use a water-based polyacrylic. You could brush it on, but don’t overwork it with excess brushing. If I had nine chairs to do, I’d figure a way to get a spray painting rig.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 09-11-2018 11:43 PM

Hopefully, you can catch a few rain free days and spray can them outside. I manage to do that a fair amount of the time. read the labels on the cans for drying time and get the fastest one.

I am thinking that this is a paid project, you might cut into the shop fund some; but, may well be worth the thinner margin to get a fine example of your skills displayed too. Good Luck.

There a very low odor brush on polys that can be applied inside too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 09-12-2018 12:09 AM

As to what to use I go with this

And this is how I would apply it.

I wouldn’t use a brush, rather a pad like he uses, a foam brush, or in your case I would use a folded absolutely dust free cloth, which will allow you to work around the slats, and harder to reach places than with a big pad like he was using.

I buy quality cloth. I get mine at Lowes, comes in a bag, it looks like loose t-shirt weight cuts, and they are rectangular, but that is herd to see in the bag. I get them home, and wash them 3 times in the sink with laundry soap, and allow them to dry outside on a clothesline between washings. Sounds complicated but I talked with a finisher at a woodworking show, and since using this method I have far fewer nibs between coats. Far fewer, and the finish looks fabulous.

I would also try to get them out of the shop. In the shop is way too much sawdust, sanding dust, and all other really small stuff you can see airborne if you have a window, and just walk through the shop. Or make a collapsible clean room for them, and clean it like your Mom would have before starting. My shop is out back, separate building. I bring stuff into the house in the basement I have a clean room with an outlet fan blowing out through a 4” pipe out the window. Not everyone has that wealth of spaces, but if you do….

2 coats then using steel wool, or high grit sandpaper knock it down, add as many other coats as you want to then lightly knock them down after each successive coat, and when you think you are done, use a crumpled up paper bag just like it was sandpaper, and give it a good going over. I don’t know what to call what that does, but it is like burnishing the surface coat. All I do know is if I skip that the finish doesn’t look near as clean, crisp.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 09-12-2018 02:08 PM

Hey thanks all! Ima see what I can come up with and will share the final product. I agree dedicated finishing space would be fantastic. As such, I have already kicked one car out of the garage.

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#5 posted 09-12-2018 05:58 PM

...simple!? favourite design!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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