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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 09:33 PM

I’d sure skip a film finish, it will eventually flake from the work going on and not be so easy to repair. While a lot of guys like just BLO or a danish oil (varnish and BLO) I used a mixture of beeswax (dissolved in turpentine) and BLO. The nice thing about this is glue pops right off, and it’s very easy to repair. Should you decide to do this, I’d suggest using MS instead of turpentine. (more info here) As for the wood itself, I didn’t use a toothed blade, though I did clean the joints up a little with a hand plane after it was all glued together. So I guess you’d call it slick; I call it smooth.

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