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Forum topic by Jeffroe11 posted 12-04-2018 01:49 PM 341 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2018 01:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing ash cherry question arts and crafts

Guys looking for some finishing help on a Morris chair / stool recently completed. Made it from Ash and cherry. I like the natural look so have so far put 2 coats of Minwax tung oil “protective finish” over it. Im learning now that is not actually real tung oil, but a derivative. (Im not great at finishing. Enjoy the buildup more than the lipstick phase) Anyway, I would like to put an additional protective finish over it to harden the finish up. Am I correct, that I cant or shouldn’t put Water based poly over this product because its oil based? better alternative ?? open to suggestions as my garage is unheated and now getting cold as winter sets in.


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#1 posted 12-04-2018 01:58 PM

Minwax wipe on poly.

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 02:12 PM

Minwax wipe on poly.

- bondogaposis

I second that. Use a couple or three coats. After the last coat has dried, use some Liberon 0000 steel wool to apply a coat of paste wax.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 12-04-2018 02:21 PM

I agree with the wipe on poly. I just posted a Maloof style rocker and finished with several coats of Teak Oil, 4 coats wipe on poly,and the Butcher’s Wax. I lightly rubbed down the polystyrene coats with 0000 steel wool and sanded with 1500-2000 grit before wax.

Finishing is much more than lipstick. If you approach it like lipstick, that is what you will get. It will make or break your project. It provides a look and feel that are important to the success of a project. My suggestion is to try any new finishing plan on some scraps to see how it will look much easier to throw out a scrap that you do not like than not like your project. I am not any where like an expert and that is why I do trials on scrap until I find what looks best. Yes, it takes time but worth it.

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 12:08 PM

Finishing is 1/2 the project – not just lipstick. That mw “tung oil” is not tung oil but a wipe on varnish that may very well be the same as the mw wipe on poly. Just add 2-3 more coats, wax if you want, and good to go.

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