I did 3 coats of poly on the legs/aprons, and 5 on the lower shelf. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, though I did not sand the bottom shelf as well as I should have. I got antsy wanting to get it all together and thought I had sanded enough, though really all I did was clean up the joints between the boards – so the machine ripples are still evident at the right lighting angle.
But, for the first thing I’ve ever designed, built, and finished from scratch I think it’s not too bad. The one question I had for the pros is: should I take some 0000 steel wool to it and then buff it out with wax? I’ve read that doing wax over poly is not generally recommended, but some sites say it’s ok. Right now it’s at a semi-gloss sheen, which I kind of like, so I don’t know if I’d want to take it down to a satin finish with wax anyway.
So, now that the main finishing is done, it’s time to start milling all the wood for the butcher block top…
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