Tonight I’ve got a friend who’s going to help me decide whether this is ready for finishing or not. I’ve sanded the heck out of it with my RO sander at 150 and 180 grit and am going over it all at 180 tonight by hand to try to get out any remaining scratches.
I decided to make the pegs or keys out of wenge to add a bit of contrast and (I hope) compliment the inlay. I’m also going over the pegs tonight with wood filler before finish sanding them tomorrow. Then it’s two coats a day of wiping varnish until I leave for Iowa Wednesday morning to deliver the finished product to my mother for her (belated) birthday.
These pictures predate the sanding, so some of the tear out you can see near the top has been lessened or, at least, softened a bit.
How many coats of wiping varnish would you all suggest as a goal?
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