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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 1549 days ago 5682 reads 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quickie video encouraging everyone to rub out your poly or lacquer finishes. This is really a simple method that I use all the time to get a nice, bump-free, satin finish. There are a lot of ways to rub out a finish — all the way up to a high-gloss piano finish. But this one will get ‘er done fast and you’ll be pleased with the results.


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1549 days ago

Thanks Steve
I like 600 grit sand paper and a second coat.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1549 days ago

Nice tip,
I agree with Jim. I even go smoother up to 1500 grit then swabbing it with wax…

-- Bert

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 1549 days ago

fun stuff buddy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Blake

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#4 posted 1549 days ago

When you buff out the paste wax use an old sock. Its the perfect size and shape and should be relatively “lint free” after being washed so much.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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ericandcandi

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#5 posted 1549 days ago

Thanks Steve….and please keep those video’s coming, I need all the help I can get.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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dfdye

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#6 posted 1549 days ago

The video made me smile! Thanks for posting.

-- David from Indiana --

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#7 posted 1549 days ago

I’m finishing right now, so i will be mortally mere and rub it out :-) after a couple more coats, that is

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#8 posted 1549 days ago

Amazing yet so simple. Great tip steve. Sometimes we get desperate to finish and skip steps like this so its a great reminder!
I use steel wool and I get all the yucky remnants of it I have to tack clothe off my piece so I will be on the lookout for that nice and non messy pad you had there.

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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Eagle1

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#9 posted 1549 days ago

Steve I really like your videos. I do have 1 question how many cups of coffee do you have before you start them? I’m just kidding, you put alot of energy in to them. It helps me wake up at 3 in the morning ( along with my pots of coffee)!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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poroskywood

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#10 posted 1549 days ago

I use those pads also, They make them in different “grits” I bought a set I think it was, gray – coarse, red – medium, white – fine. Glad to see beer was hurt in the making of this video.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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Will Stokes

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#11 posted 1548 days ago

Cute video. I couldn’t agree with you more. After sinking so many hours into a project, you really owe it to yourself to take our time and do a good job on the finish.

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Woodcanuck

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#12 posted 1548 days ago

Great video Steve…apparently I have a touch of ADHD though, instead of going out to the workshop and rubbing out the finish, I ended up washing down a bag of chips and dip with a few brewskis. :-)

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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woodsmithshop

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#13 posted 1547 days ago

a brown paper bag works well for rubbing out a finish also

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 1546 days ago

A great video Steve! I’m still new here, so it’s the first of your productions I’ve seen. Looking forward to viewing others.
Thank you for your post.

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?

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jim C

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#15 posted 1543 days ago

Smitty,
Similar to your brown paper bag idea, I use a regular old piece of cardboard. It works wonders for eliminating the fine little bumps and raised grain.
A painter came into my garage and rubbed an oak tool box I had just finished, grabbed a cardboard box, tore a piece off and rubbed an area on the top for about 20 seconds. Amazing results!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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