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Forum topic by SMP posted 08-11-2020 12:38 AM 277 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2020 12:38 AM

I really like the finish Mike Pekovich puts on QSWO. I know he uses traditional Waterlox a few coats and sands between coats, then steel wool and then waxes. But in a pic of one of the articles he is using what looks to be a brown wax. But I can’t tell the brand or anything. Anyone know what he uses? I have minwax clear furniture wax and that just doesn’t give me the depth his has.

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#1 posted 08-11-2020 02:39 AM

compare the picture that you see with

There is discussion of the process on page 211 of ‘why and how’

essentially waterlox wetsanding, 4-6 coats, steel wool with spirits/wax

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 02:47 AM

This article would agree with the Dark Brown Paste Wax.

You can get it here.

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#3 posted 08-11-2020 03:25 AM

Great, thank you both! Yes I have the book and was looking at pg 211 picture 6. Woodcraft is an hour and a half away so thats probably why i have never seen that can. I will order online. Thanks!

Another question though… doesn’t it look like he has a tupperware full of garnet shellac? I am wonderig if a wrong pic got into the articles/book? Or does he actually use it to seal and didn’t write it? Because on pg 212 he mentions how shellac and varnish make a good team. And it seems like the pics of waterlox on oak looks darker than my sample boards.

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 12:22 AM

Sounds like you’re having a heck of a time replicating that tone.
My naive speculation is that MP blonde wash shellacs most projects pre-assembly.
Perhaps he was working with some particularly selected sapwood on the darker side.

But, what do I know. I guess I am just here to empathize.

Reminds me of a once-upon-a-time project where I needed to replace a dougfir stair tred in a 100+ year old home. Matching the tone with the older treds turned into a long trial and a complicated recipe.

Complicated recipes don’t seem to be in MP’s MO.

-- derek / oregon

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