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Forum topic by scribble posted 05-04-2018 12:23 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2018 12:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question spray gun finishing

What does everyone use for sealing there shop jigs as well as their shop furniture (cabinets, rolling benches)?

I would like something wipeable and sprayable.

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#1 posted 05-04-2018 12:34 PM

Ah… nothing. But if I did I’d spray on some clear poly. I use polycrylic in my sprayer for a lot of other stuff. It goes on thin and clear and seals the wood. And it sprays on quickly and things clean up with water.

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#2 posted 05-04-2018 12:34 PM

Nothing special, generally whatever is on the shelf, usually a polyurethane

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#3 posted 05-04-2018 12:57 PM

Ah… nothing. But if I did I d spray on some clear poly. I use polycrylic in my sprayer for a lot of other stuff. It goes on thin and clear and seals the wood. And it sprays on quickly and things clean up with water.

- Craftsman on the lake

Agree with Craftsman! Works just fine for the reasons He’s stated.


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#4 posted 05-04-2018 01:32 PM

I usually use regular shellac – usually about 3 coats.
- Cheap
- Dries quickly. I can usually get all 3 coats on in a single day
- Seals the wood from most liquids (except alcohol and alcohol based finishes)
- Easy to repair
- Easy to clean up glue drips
- Keeps the handles of my cabinet doors and drawers from getting all nasty with my dirty hands
- Easier to clear sawdust than raw wood surfaces
- Reduced chance of splinters

A quick hand sanding with a used 220 paper gives it a nice, soft feel. All of my shop fixtures have this finish. At least on the exterior.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#5 posted 05-04-2018 01:48 PM

Cabinets/shelves I have started spraying with latex paint. Part to have a color theme to the shop and part to play with an electric sprayer I bought.

Jigs that are not temporary, and that seems to be few, I will either coat with paste wax or shellac.

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#6 posted 05-04-2018 02:37 PM

Two coats of water based poly. It stands up to lots of abuse and can always be sanded back and recoated when it gets too ugly. After a few years it builds up to a nice bulletproof surface, even on heavy abuse areas.

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#7 posted 05-04-2018 02:39 PM

I am not to worried about a small color change so I just coat everything in BLO. Seems to be a solid finish for shop stuff and repels pretty good. Easy to apply and fairly cheap.

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#8 posted 05-04-2018 03:55 PM

I had a problem with my table saw sled base warping. On the new one I built I used several coats of Shellac and it has been fine for 3 years now.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#9 posted 05-04-2018 04:31 PM

On shop furniture I have painted it and also used pre-finished plywood. It depends on what I have lying around. Drawer fronts and doors are cherry and I just do Danish oil on them.

Jigs don’t get anything. I use MDF for stability and for most surfaces, I like the unfinished face of MDF for the friction it provides to keep pieces from slipping.

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#10 posted 05-04-2018 04:43 PM

If I’m making a practice piece of something nice, like a wall cabinet, with good wood, I finish it like I would something that would go in the house.

Jigs, 2×4 construction, and stuff that I don’t really care/worry about don’t get anything.

When I’m finishing a piece, if there is a little left over in the cup or on the rag, I will wipe down whatever is close and apply the extra finish to shop stuff.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 05-05-2018 03:46 AM

Depends, I am good with poly for larger things but for smaller jigs I have been going with colors. Easier to remember for me. Over the years I have found if I leave a jig unfinished it gets tossed because it does not stand out an looks like a myriad number of unfinished projects. Cleaning up I am prone to tossing them into the fire. In the past year I have been using red paint to remind me where fingers do not go.

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#12 posted 05-05-2018 04:17 AM

I tend not to build too many jigs. A lot of the ones I have built tend to be one project use jigs. I use what ever is laying around to build them and very rare I put a finish on them.

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#13 posted 05-05-2018 04:41 AM

BLO or shellac.

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