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Posted on What is your preferred finish and why?

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 01:32 AM

For me, the key question is “will I buff this piece”. Some pieces are easy to buff and others are very difficult to buff. I really like the look of a buffed finish and I buff whenever I can. If I am going to buff the piece I will start with 2 – 4 coats of Danish Oil or Salad Oil. Each makes a good base for buffing. If I am not going to buff I usually use Polyurethane. I used to use the hand rubbed poly almost exclusively. Now I use 2 or 3 coats of brushed on poly (sanding between each coat) and then 2- 3 coats of rub on poly (no sanding).

If I need something in a hurry, you can’t beat spray on lacquer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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