“I finished the project, now I just have to put some (your favorite finish material here) on it.”
That is a way of telling yourself that the most important stuff is done, now we just trot around third and cross home plate.
Finishing can take longer than building and be more important. Not that it will fill bad miters. Contrarily, a bad finish will cancel good miters. Good miters deserve equally good finish.
I realize not everyone has the luxury of a separate room, but the room itself is not the difference. I have found that I get more bits of dust in the finish if I try to be doing it simultaneous with the messy stuff. So I arrange my time so I’m either puttering in the shop or alternating desk duty with finishing.
We’re following three basses here: One was dyed black with Lockwood’s ebony; 1 oz. powder to 3 cups warm water, cooled. One was dyed red with GF Fire Engine Red. One was done natural, noted above. Those applications sat 24 hours before finishing began.
Even after the prefinish spritizing, the grain raises with the water products. After one coat of MW, the temptation was to sand but I was concerned I’d go through and compromise the evenness of the colors. So I did four coats before working the finish over. Good call; no sand-throughs.
This is a portable fixture holder so I can remove an individual body from the finish room and work it over with no fear of contaminating the others. I found that 000 steel wool was just right for this—it cut efficiently but wasn’t too aggressive.
I use a horizontal light at this stage too.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"