Finishing Suggestions ??

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Project by JSJWood posted 12-16-2012 03:46 PM 1324 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bathroom Magazine Rack – American Cherry. Undecided on how to finish. Thinking just a clear poly, keep it light and shiny ?

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 03:54 PM

Very nice. Yep, clear poly is all I’d do. The cherry will darken up over time.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 03:54 PM

I generally go for a clear finish. I think it preserves the natural beauty of the wood. Satin or gloss is the question. I often use Danish or Tung or for low glosss finish also. Nice rack! Will it mount on the wall or sit on the counter?

-- Dick

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 03:55 PM

Nice looking piece. I agree on finish. Keep it simple.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 04:02 PM

Mounts to the wall for easy access from the drivers seat. :)
Thanks guys – going to go with a clear finish.

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 04:44 PM

Looks like a cool design

-- wood crafting & classes

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 04:45 PM

Minwax cherry stain followed by dilute Zinsser Bullseye SealCoat (thinned with equal parts alcohol) then wipe on poly thinned with an equal part of mineral spirits. Apply finishing wax with 0000 steel wool and buff.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 07:53 PM

Good JOB! I need one just like that ;-)

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 11:40 PM

Maloof Poly/Oil mixture -available from Rockler or Highland Hardware. Takes several coats to build up a finish, but it really looks great on cherry. Easy to apply with a rag in a circular motion, wait about 10 minutes and wipe off the excess.

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