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#1 posted 04-18-2007 03:31 AM

I wait for a nice day and spray outside. I tried inside the shop once. (Never again).

I also French Polish for the final. I failed to mention that is my first post.

I used 30-40 sessions to French Polish, most of it to get a base. That’s why I spray my base. I sand 600 grit wet and dry automotive paper with mineral oil to get it smooth and then do the final French Polish.

I’d probably get kicked out of French Polishing Class (I took one by Jeff Jewitt and mine was his choice as “Best of Class”) but you have to get a base and you sand, french polish, sand (Keep going to 30- 40 sessions) until all voids are filled in. then sand with 600 and final french polish sessions.

An interesting note if you have pores in your wood you can use Pumice and BLO and make a slurry and use a rubber trowel or plastic spatula (Putty knife)to fill the pores. And to really make it interesting you can use Rottenstone and BLO. The pumice is clear while the rottenstone is black. So with pumice you see the pores but don’t feel them, while with rottenstone, the pores are black.

You can also use BLO or Danish oil with pumice and a cotton rag made like a ball a little bigger than a golf ball and you sand your project. So it fills the pores with pumice, sanding dust and BLO or Danish oil as the binder. Let it dry a day or to before sanding it smooth. You may need to repeat to get all of the pores filled, but be careful because it’s easy to pull the slurry out of the pores.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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