Basic shoe rack for a messy closet

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Project by skeemer posted 05-13-2012 01:12 PM 1752 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my second project, a very simple shoe rack for our hall closet (requested by the Mrs.). It’s made from a single 1×12 from Home Depot. I had picked out a board with some very large knots, which are on both legs and give it an interesting look. The board is stained with 3 coats of Special Walnut by Minwax, and finished with 4 coats of wipe on poly.

Lessons learned:

1. When using wipe-on poly, give it a first coat with regular polyurethane first so the wipe on doesn’t get completely absorbed for the first two coats.

2. When rounding over the corner on the shelves, don’t forget the 1/2” on either end that fits in the dado. Looks kind of funny with a rounded over edge within the dado!

3. Get some lint-free rags for wipe-on. Too many fibers from an old t-shirt got embedded in the finish, especially in the 90 degree corners where it got rubbed twice (horizontally and vertically).

Question: The wipe-on says to sand with 220 between coats (or at least before final coat). I did a light sanding before my final coat and it was left with visible grit marks. Should I use a 300-400 grit instead for sanding during finishing? I was a bit disappointed by that.

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 03:50 PM

Looks good, I like the finish.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 04:20 PM

yes.. when you do a scuff sanding after coats.. use 320 or 400.. and just “wipe” the remove the roughness that’s all you want to do..then re-coat..if you still see grit marks..recoat it again to fill them but you usually won’t see any after using 324 or 400

do you have a spraygun?

-- Randall Child

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