|Project by HerbC||posted 03-11-2014 04:53 AM||856 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is a heart shaped jewelry box I made for my wife this year for Valentine’s day. I actually had the box built in time for Valentine’s day but then I ran into a problem with the finish…
I used Minwax Semi-Gloss Clear Aerosol Lacquer. I had the following problems with this product:
1. It did not build a good finish coat as quickly as I expected.
2. As I added coats the finish developed a very pronounced blush. By the time I had three coats on the box you could hardly read my wife’s name through the finish.
I did some research and found that several companies make products that are supposed to solve the blush problem by dissolving the surface coat of lacquer with a slow drying solvent, this is supposed to release the trapped moisture which is the root cause of the problem. I was somewhat skeptical but decided to give it a shot. A bit of searching and I found shellac.net sold Behlen JetSpray Blush Eraser. I ordered a can. I just tried it today and it was amazing. One quick, light coat did the trick. The blush disappeared as I sprayed it on the box. Thirty minutes later the box was dry and blush free.
I had order some Behlen Satin Top Coat Lacquer when I ordered the Blush Eraser. I gave the box two more coats using this product and was very impressed with the quality of the coating.
The box is made from sycamore and oak. The recesses in the interior were drilled using forstner drill bits. The box shape was cut using a router and template since I do not have a band saw or scroll saw.
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