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Need some finishing advice

by AmericanPatriot
posted 08-11-2016 02:13 PM

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#1 posted 08-11-2016 02:38 PM

What finish? How are ya applying it?

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#2 posted 08-11-2016 02:45 PM

Any finish. I’ve used oil based and waterborne. I’ve applied it with a brush, spray, wipe-on. Even though waterborne dries fairly quickly it still shuts me down because if I cut wood for the next project the dust gets in the air and settles on the finish. If I sand dust gets in the air and settles on the finish so I have to put a coat of finish on, go in the house and wait for it to dry, put a second coat on, etc. It’s a real time killer.

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#3 posted 08-11-2016 02:51 PM

You said you don’t have the space. BUT
to continue building you will have to come up with a dedicated space.
Maybe build a 6 mil portable booth. 2×2 Frames and hinged into a corner ?
Just an idea !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 08-11-2016 03:09 PM

I have this issue sometimes as well. I have a dust collector and a 3-car garage, but I still probably wouldn’t do any sanding or cutting with a drying project too close by. Also my garage is detached and it gets scorching hot here in the summer, so I don’t like to do any finishing in the garage… I’ve resorted to bringing it in the house and doing the work on our breakfast table. This isn’t ideal, but it’s often what I have to do. I’ve had a piece sitting there for a week and my wife hasn’t gotten mad… yet.

I’ve left painted pieces out in the sun before and never had a problem, but not sure about stain. Sun or no sun, if there’s any kind of breeze, you can get all kinds of things in your finish. I think if it wasn’t windy and I could find or create some shade, I’d be willing to try it out but not on anything important (i.e. something I was making for someone else).

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 03:13 PM

I save finish work for the work week. I don’t know if you are retired or work during the week but what I do is, plan things out.

If I have something that needs a finish on it I plan to do it nightly after work when I don’t normally work heavily on cutting timber. Garage is usually quiet and clean. If I don’t have anything to put a finish on I can do whatever. So planning is really the best. Maybe plan to do it before bed each night. If you are having time issues where a project needs to be finished than plan better to have the extra days to put your finish on. Then plan the application of the finish. I think the key word is PLAN.

Or you could build a portable finish room like canada suggested.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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