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Blog entry by kosta posted 09-21-2009 12:53 AM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I am working on a project right now and I want to put pictures along the sides I am going to use shellac then im going to stain it. Them put the pictures down and polyurathane over the pictures. I am going to probably put 3 coats of stain on it then 2 coats of polyurathane. I am not 100% sure when I should put the pictures down on the wood.

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 02:28 AM

Kosta, I’ve seen this done and it can really look good but alas I have not clue as to the order that it’s done. I think I’ve seen it with poly over the pictures.

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 02:40 AM

When in doubt, practice! Any method might fail with various inks and papers. So try it out on some scrap wood. Same sanding, same wood, and some of the same source pictures if you can. Their are lots of things that can go wrong, and you most likely only have the orginal pictures? So find something to practice, and maybe more that one sucessful time. Air bubles, ink movement and just a lousy look can foil your project. I would suggest testing your alternate pictures first, to see how they take your topcoat. I would try applying your first coat and letting it dry very well, then sanding the first coat off as “flat” as you can, with at least 320 to 400. Watch that you don’t warm up your first coat too much or it might “move”. Lightly tack rag off your board, and coat the back side of your picture lightly but wet, and the top of the board that you want to apply the pictures lightly but wet. Then you only have one shot to apply the wet picture to the wet board. I have heard of some applying the picture without finisihing the back side, just applying it to a wet surface, but there can be issues like air bubbles. Again pratice first and get good at it…...

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 08:39 PM

yea I am pretty sure that the poly goes over the pictures but I have some scraps that are just laying around because there is no way im messing up the actual project I have put way tooooooo much time in making sure it looked good

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