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Router bit box with horrible finish

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Project by Oaker posted 10-27-2014 03:11 PM 1469 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try a simple box with miter joints. That all turned out well. The finish is a total different story. There are a couple of glue residue marks from my fingers I think. The stain looked good and I let it
dry for about 18 hours but still got blotchy when I put on the wipe on poly.

The good thing is it’s just for router bits and I learned a lot.

I do have questions if you all would be kind enough to give me some advise.

1. How do you make glue residue spots visible before your finish. I sanded well and didn’t see or feel anything.

2. Should I have applied a pre stain? It wasn’t blotchy before the poly. This one really has me perplexed.

Thanks.

-- Larry - Illinois





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 03:36 PM

Glue spots get everyone once in a while. I try a wipe off as much as I can at glue with a wet rag. Not always easy when there are clamps in the way. A pre-stain can help with softer woods.

-- Chris K

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 03:39 PM

Mineral spirits can show glue spots. I almost always wipe it on before finishing.

I have also moved almost entirely to dye when I want to color wood. Easier and better IMHO—and less prone to botching.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Richard

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 06:08 PM

+1 for Mineral spirits , a thin wipe down with it and also try a Rakeing light to see the glue and also spots that need more sanding. Some woods seem to blotch less if you sand them to a higher grit than normal.

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Violaine

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 09:24 PM

at first, when I read about the title…I thought why should I be interested reading it..but still the same…I read it.hahaha

and when I saw the first picture…I thought what kind of router bit box is this when it looks like it is hanging from the wall…and then…ah yes…the pictures are flipped..LOL

but thanks for sharing anyway…follow the masters for the last leg of the refinishing chores..

kindly post the end result..and I will still be interested.

cheers!

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farmerdude

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 10:08 PM

I’m not sure that I can agree with you about the finish being horrible. In my opinion not everything looks good when it is bright and shiny, and this is one of them. I think it looks pretty darn good as is. I can agree with you on the glue situation, sometimes it can be tough. Still an all around nice project.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Oaker

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#6 posted 10-28-2014 02:51 AM

Thanks everyone!! The mineral spirits trick sounds like what I am
missing. I will be sure to try that next time. I loaded the pictures from my phone, rotated them every way possible and they still always loaded sideways to LJ’s.

I never really stain but this walnut was very light and stayed light even with oil on a test piece so I thought what the heck. I have heard about dyes and will try that method on another piece that is just staying in the shop.

Thanks again!!

-- Larry - Illinois

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Ajs73

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#7 posted 10-28-2014 09:39 AM

If you crop the pics on your phone ( even if u don’t change
anything) pictures will come out right

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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drewpy

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#8 posted 10-28-2014 01:13 PM

Nice simple box.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Boxguy

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 05:17 AM

Larry, I like the project. You might try a first coat of Tung Oil to deepen the color instead of using stain on walnut. This link is to my take on finishing techniques. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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