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#1 posted 02-23-2012 09:59 PM

Check out this article by Steve Mickley Mickley has several more articles on that website about finishing. Lots of good info there.

I think trying to get through a finishing regimen with no sanding is not going to happen. I think you can get to the finishing stage using scrapers and planes (I can’t but some can) but most finishes require some sanding between coats to remove dust nibs and to provide a “tooth” for the next coat if you’re using poly.

I agree with the comment that you should try your finish on a scrap piece that you take completely through the process of scraping or sanding, dye, and final coat. I prepared a sample board like this for my first dye experience and put several different formulas (colors) on it all the way through the final coat so my wife could select what she wanted. Keep good records of your dye mixture measurements.

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