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Forum topic by Randy T posted 06-09-2018 12:30 AM 666 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2018 12:30 AM

I have been asked to make some plaques which will be finished with lacquer. There will be thirty of them by the time I am finished.
The question that I have, and have not been able to find any information on is:
What is the best way to store them? I am afraid that stacking them together will cause them to stick, and possibly remove the finish.
Will stacking them with paper between them prevent them from sticking together? How about wax paper?
Thanks for your suggestions.

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia,

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#1 posted 06-09-2018 12:35 AM

I’d think wax paper or aluminum foil would work along with a few days dry time with air movement.

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#2 posted 06-09-2018 01:11 AM

No, wax paper or aluminum foil won’t work. Besides preventing sticking, you need to concern yourself with the weight of stacking them. The pieces on the bottom will have weight on them from the ones above that will damage any finish that hasn’t fully hardened. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend storing them any way other than flat, with something to support them from the bottom. Painters pyramids would work, as would boards with drywall screws screwed up from the bottom.

My favorite, though, is carpet tack strip. You can buy them at Home Depot or Lowes. HD sells 3-packs for a couple of bucks, or you can get a box of 100 48” long strips for about $22. Pull out the nails that are intended to hold them in place on the floor, and you wind up with dozens of tiny pins that support the workpiece very nicely. They will be perfect to support the plaques while you finish them too.

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#3 posted 06-09-2018 03:32 AM

Make a few tall book ends with a wide base for stability. Drill holes large enough for the tack strips (the ones Rich mentioned) in the sides and run them through one to the other. Stack two across and as high as you make your ends. When done store them and use again.

Just to make sure you don’t mistake them for trash paint some oddball bright color, like pink or orange etc etc. They stand out and the color will be a reminder of what they are for.

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#4 posted 06-09-2018 05:59 AM

I’ve found that parchment paper works great for wrapping freshly finished pieces without sticking – at least for polyurethane and epoxy finishes (never tried it with lacquer). YMMV.


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#5 posted 06-09-2018 11:42 AM

Randy, please share some photos after you get started.
sounds like a really interesting project.
your retail items on Etsy are really nice.


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#6 posted 06-09-2018 02:02 PM

Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I think I will try the tack strips and bookends idea. That will certainly cut down on the space required for curing. I should be able to stack them on their edge with a space between them doing this. I have some of the pyramids, but certainly not enough to hold 30 pieces. I envisioned these boards all over my basement floor on wood stickers. That would be okay until the grandkids showed up.

I will try to remember to post a picture of them when I am done.

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia,

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#7 posted 06-09-2018 02:09 PM

I would give them a week or so to harden then stack them on edge with parchment paper to keep them separated. You might try finishing several pieces of wood, separate and stack them see how it works.

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#8 posted 06-15-2018 03:25 PM

As John requested, attached are some photos of the plaque. The first one is after they were stained, but prior to the lacquer. The other is of one that is semi-finished. Sorry about the lighting. The semi-finished one is closer to the real color.

They wanted rustic looking, and decided to go with pine shelving. I think it worked. Pine is so ugly to stain, and the blotching and all of the joints made each one unique.

The corners have 9mm casings in them, the round cut-out is where a challenge coin will be installed. I routed out a spot for the mag, so that it could be inset into the plaque. An engraving company is going to make a small name plate for the upper right of the plaque.

Of course here in Canada with our crazy gun laws, the back of the mag had to be destroyed so that it was non-functional. Go figure.

I liked the idea of the tack strips that was suggested by Rich. They worked great for spraying the lacquer. It kept the boards up off the surface that they were sitting on just enough to prevent the lacquer from sticking to both surfaces.

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia,

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#9 posted 06-17-2018 05:26 AM

Those came out great! I’m glad the tack strip worked for you, but I think it was woodbutcherbynight who really solved your space problem. I wasn’t sure about setting them upright due to the weight, but it obviously worked.

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#10 posted 06-18-2018 04:38 AM

I ended up using 3” screws in some old 2×6’s for the storage rack. On the front of the 2×6, I just put in two short screws for a stop for the first board. I just screwed them in about 1” and then leaned the board against the screw. The screw in front, stopped the board from sliding forward.
I used the tack strip when I was spraying. The strips held the boards up off my spraying rack. This worked really well, and I will be using this method in the future.

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia,

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