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Blog entry by John posted 12-14-2009 07:20 PM 3241 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s

Almost done with pre finishing parts prior to assembly. I’m excited about gluing up this chair. I have been finishing with Waterlox Original in medium sheen. I applied the first several coats full strength to build up a film. A lot of the parts wound up with fat edge.

I wet sanded the finish with 800 grit paper and mineral spirits on a prepin weapon sanding block. This removed any dust nibs and cat hair from the full strength coats of finish. It also levels the the finish so the last coats go on evenly.

Then I thinned the Waterlox by half with mineral spirits for the final coats. I find the thinned finish dries faster and I wind up with less dust nibs in the finish.

I’m finding that as the finish is built up it’s a little to glossy and it’s looking plasticky to me. I might rub it out with wax and steel wool to dull the sheen. I’ll experiment on scrap first.

I purchased the leather for the cushions from Tandy leather store. I’m going to sew them by hand. I think I could screw them up faster on a sewing machine. Now I need to find some memory foam and teach myself upholstery.

GaryK just posted a thread about a dirty work bench. Here’s mine.

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

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 07:21 PM

Nice progress!

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 09:08 PM

You have to be extra thorough when you stir thinned varnish that’s anything other than glossy. The flattening agent will settle even faster when the varnish is thin. Stir really well before you pour out what you’re going to mix with the MS, then stir the mix frequently while you’re applying.

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 01:31 AM

Thanks guys. I use a microwave meal tray as my reservoir of finish and I make a pad from lint free cloth with a center of felted wool. The amount of finish I have in that tray is so small I wouldn’t think it could separate enough to cause problems in the finish. I dunno.

What do you think of the color of the leather next to the walnut?

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

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