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Project by Darryl Jones posted 05-06-2010 01:24 PM 1675 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hall table that I made for a friend. There is a small area under the top glass to display small items and/or collectibles. The material is curly ash (not easily seen in these pictures) and the finish is home brewed wipe on poly/oil blend with 1/4” glass inserts. This is the first time that I have ever tried using a home made wipe on finish even though I had read a lot about it. Let me tell you that I love the way it works! If you haven’t tried it before you should. It is such a zen like experience the way that you more deeply involved in the finishing process than with other methods like brushing and spraying. You have to actually touch all surfaces when applying this finish. This may sound a little “foo foo” (as my kids would put it) but you have to try it to understand. Enjoy the posting, all comments welcome.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 08:37 PM

Very cool project, and excellent write up of the home brew!

-- -- Skee from MN

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 11:10 PM

A very nice piece and thanks for the finishing advice. Would you care to share the formula with us? I’ve seen quite a few that use 1/3 poly, 1/3 oil and 1/3 mineral spirits. I’m not sure what kind of oil, but probably BLO.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-07-2010 02:52 AM

the formula I used is 1 part mineral spirirts, 1 part polyurethane, and 1/2 part linseed oil. You can vary to suit your needs more oil will dry slower, more poly provides more protection but makes application a little more difficult. This formula is an adaptation of one found in woodsmth magazine. Best of luck.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#4 posted 05-07-2010 08:53 PM

Thanks emetric. I’ll have to give it a try.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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