Craftsman Entertainment Center (applying finish)

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Blog entry by goggy posted 03-12-2014 12:43 AM 968 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the witches brew.

Similar recipes have been used; I apply honey amber tint first which I thin to 1/2 ounce per quart of water. In my experience, anything stronger has a negative effect on QSWO with larger fleck.

I then apply Early American stain after lightly knocking down with 320 grit.

Since I am using Waterlox, I will not use shellac. I rub in 3 coats: sanding after each one with 320. I then use a double boiler method mixing brown shoe polish with paste wax. Here is the melted mix. It’s not applied until dry.

After applying the wax with 0000 steel wool and a slight buff, the is the end result.

After sealing and waxing the entire piece, I’ll post a pic of the completed project.

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 12:47 AM

Lookin’ good!

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 07:34 AM

You absolutely and completely nailed the color. Looks great, can’t wait to see the finished project pictures.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 02:01 PM

Great looking finish.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 06:32 PM

Really awesome. Great job!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 03-12-2014 11:54 PM

I used a similar finishing recipe on my last project, although I finished with the amber shellac. I am pretty pleased with the results, and yours came out great as well!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 11:13 PM

No seal coat between the Transtint & the early american stain?

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 11:23 PM

No. Waterlox is hand rubbed 24hrs. after staining.

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