Pre finishing parts with Waterlox

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Blog entry by John posted 12-03-2009 03:55 PM 3063 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s,

I started finishing parts prior to assembly because it would be impossible to do a good job getting in between the spindles. I’m trying Waterlox medium sheen for the first time and so far so good. I have about three coats on it right now and I used an extra fine nylon pad in between coats to remove high spots and dust nibs. I seems to be slow in building a film. Any one have any experience with Waterlox? It’s a wiping varnish and I’m not sure if I have used one before. Is wipe on poly a wiping varnish?

After I get all the spindles and inside faces of components finished I will start gluing up. I still have to make the pins for the reclining portion of the chair and I found a friend with an old lathe I could use. I didn’t want to just buy a dowel off the shelf. I have yet to build the ottoman but I cut enough spindles for to of them the other day. My friend that lives across the street is buying my contractor saw and I’m buying a Sawstop industrial cabinet saw. The only this I put on my Christmas list this year was gift certificates to a machinery store that I will be purchasing the saw from. So, I might be without a table saw for a while and I am trying to get far enough ahead the two ottoman and the next Morris chair that i wont need the table saw for a while. I know I will though. This might be a good opportunity to get better acquainted with my bandsaw. Have a great holiday everybody.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 05:34 PM

can’t wait to see this one finished.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 06:25 PM

John, to answer your question wiping poly and waterlox are both wiping varnishes. In case you missed it, here is a blog that Marc Spagnolo posted yesterday on the same subject.

The chair is coming along nicely and I am sure you can cut m&t joints in your sleep, with all the practice that you have gotten from this chair. :)

Congratulations on the new saw as well. It will be a nice addition to your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 06:39 PM

Looks like it will be a very very nice chair. I use Waterlox as my 1st finish of choice – normally the Original. I’ve use a china bristle brushand a wipinging pad to apply. The finish builds a little faster with the brush but it hash more chances of forming curtains. Not a big deal, it’s easily repaired but it does take some time. After I get the look I’m after with the Waterlox I usually put a couple of coats of a good carnuba furniture wax on.

Can’t wait to see the completed chair.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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