Minwax Wipe On Poly: Take It To The Limit

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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 03-02-2012 05:59 PM 5 parts 7332 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Overview and Disclaimer

03-01-2012 05:56 PM by Lee Barker | 3 comments »

I am in no way connected to Minwax. As a professional woodworker, I view their retail product line as not quite professional level, but quality nonetheless. I also allow that any retail product has the potential to be an effective coating to have around. I build vertical electric basses whose bodies are, generally, cherry and alder, and are about fourteen inches wide and thirty six inches long and two inches thick. The edges have a two grooves cut with a vee-groove/flush trim bit (an ho...

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Part 2: Prep Process

03-02-2012 04:57 PM by Lee Barker | 2 comments »

A little more explainer first. Recently on LJ a rookie posted a question about what finish you use. You can imagine the responses: “I use this and always have” “My buddy has always used this:” etc. That’s the predictable part. What surprised me is the OP responded by saying, “Ok, thanks, I’ll go out and buy all of these and try them.” And get back to us 6 months later? It struck me that I could offer more by recounting my process in...

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Part 3: Subtleties of Self Talk

03-02-2012 05:11 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

“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 ...

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Part 4: Application, Application, Application

03-02-2012 05:28 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

I buy filters from a friend who wholesales auto body supplies. I filter my finish each time, into a plastic cup. I throw both the cup and filter away each time. That goes against part of my grain, seeing those pieces in my trash can, but I just finally accept that it is how I get the best outcome that I can, which helps me have enough money to buy food, the cans from which I righteously recycle. (“All my life’s a circle, sunrise and sundown, the moon rolls through the nighttime...

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Part 5: Close the door and set the timer for seven days

03-02-2012 05:59 PM by Lee Barker | 3 comments »

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.

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