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#1 posted 02-18-2012 08:48 PM

Absolutely, the second box, B, nicer proportions, better flow to the look. Smart exercise! And a great use of nice wood.

Aren’t boxes fun!

You will get several opinions on finishing, and I do not consider it my strong point. But I would start out with wiping on some Watco oil, or any oil/ varnish mix. Wax the hell out of it after the Watco sets up for a few days.

A while back, someone posted somewhere saying hey, no need to run a tack rag over wood before finishing, if you just blew it well with compressed air. I tried it, but I think he was wrong. I still start with a good ‘blow job’, but I’ve noticed nicer grain visibility when I wipe the whole thing with a clean rag soaked in mineral spirits (brush cleaner/ charcoal lighter would work for that too). If you don’t believe me, look at all the dust in the rag when you are finished. I swear I can see the difference.

30 feet? What else will you build?

-- Dan V. in Indy

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