Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench #8: Three coats of waterlox and one coat of poly to go

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-24-2013 08:13 PM 2709 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got three coats of waterlox on it. When it’s plenty dry, about a week or two (it’s shiny wet in these pictures) I’ll wet sand it lightly with 600 grit wet/dry paper and then spray a coat of polyurethane. I’ve also yet to install the hinges. Four chest hinges. I’m going to install the hinges on the front as the bench will be up against a wall and opening from the front would necessitate pulling it away from the wall. Opening from the back would eliminate this. Because it’s for occasional storage this shouldn’t be an issue.
I’ve also got a earthy colored paisley upholstery material picked out for a thin 1” pad on the top. Sister is good with the sewing machine.

And Grizz… I’ve decided not to do a cedar bottom at this time. They birch ply will have to do for now.. Sorry ;-)


-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 08:31 PM

Nice job it came out very good you should be happy with it and get lots of use from it.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 09:49 PM

How do you like the Waterloo? I am considering it for an upcoming project. I want a non-film finish, leaving the wood touchable and warm. And of course easy to apply.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 10:22 PM

I like the waterlox a lot. Of course I’ve not had much experience with finished beyond polyacrilic and polyurethane and straight tongue oil. I used waterlox on a bathroom countertop after asking on here something durable in a damp environment. It’s nice as it soaks in for the first coat then after it’s dry the next coat begins to build up and produces a surface finish. The picts above are glossy but they’ll tone down considerably as it dries. I’ll be putting a finish coat of polyurethane satin finish as the final coat.

I’m pretty happy with the curved molding on the top. Making it as one piece of wood made it fit together better after 45ing it. If I had made each piece separately I think I would have had a hard time making it fit with the 45 and the curved surface. This was my attempt at doing something instead of a flat vertical surface for a border. I would have been satisfied with that though if the ‘horned’ molding hadn’t worked out. First time for everything. Nice when it works out like you imagine it in your head, which doesn’t always happen!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 03-25-2013 01:42 AM

Turned out just as nice as I had imagined it would! The” horn” moulding turned out very well indeed! Hinging it from the front is a good idea (if the hinges are hidden).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 08:26 PM

Thanks for the info on Waterloo, isn’t autocorrect great…waterlox .

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 08:31 PM

Looks great!

If you’re using the poly to set a sheen, that’s one thing, but be aware you need no additional protection beyond Waterlox.

The floors in my home are finished with Waterlox, it’s incredibly durable stuff.

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 10:16 PM

That’s right cessna, Waterlox has both varnish and paraffin beyond tongue oil in it which is what makes it good for countertops. And at a later date it can still be added to like oil. It’s what also makes it build up on the surface after the first application that sinks in. The poly on it though will give me a final coating of something that I can spray on as I have HVLP equipment. I can sand a bit to level things and then spray a smooth coat of poly on after, hoping to get a more level finish. It certainly won’t hurt and the spray coat will be very thin if not brushed on.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 03-26-2013 06:08 PM

Looks great! I might have stuck with the Waterlox as it’s easily renewable. Chests can get a little scratched up when folks are rummaging around in them, but you know best how it will be used. The poly is pretty tough and certainly gives a smoother and somewhat brighter finish. I use it a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 10:38 PM

Awesome blog series, thanks!

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