Minwax Wipe On Poly: Take It To The Limit #5: Close the door and set the timer for seven days

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 03-02-2012 05:59 PM 1622 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The fixtured finished bodies hang higher on the walls of the finish room to cure. I can start another batch immediately if it’s time.

How I keep track:

I am interested in your comments about my process, what I missed, what could be improved, where your experience intersects with mine, and does not, so we all can get better at this important part of woodworking.

-- " 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"

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 06:55 PM

I am really enjoying your Lee. I may implement some of your techniques into finishing my boxes. I have sprayed cabinets so long, it is difficult to change. I will be the first to admit that there must be a better way and I think I will learn several new tricks from you.

I want to thank you for the thought and time you are putting into this. As you stated in an earlier episode I learned a lot from the how to blogs I did. It seemed to me that actually having to keep track of what and why I was doing something pointed out all the lazy habits I had accumulated.

Thanks for sharing what you have learned.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 06:59 PM

I’ve enjoyed reading your process , and learned from it. I like how you have made your finishing a consistent process , that is one thing I have a hard time doing. Also glad to see that you use Minwax wipe on poly , I was using it then started mixing my own . Sometimes good and sometimes not. On some of my projects that I don’t need a poly finish on I’ve started using spray on Deft with good results and then buffing. Thanks for sharing your process.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 08:47 PM

Lee, this is a good blog series, thanks for sharing it with us! As a new-ish woodworker the finishing choices are vast and confusing! I’m trying for each project to try something different to develop my finishing repertoire. I really like the Minwax wipe-on poly; I apply it much the same way as you do, with a small pad and very light coats, so far I’ve had good results!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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