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#1 posted 08-03-2012 04:30 AM

Oh, my head is spinning!

I found the Tauton book – not sure if it is out of publication or simply hard to find, but Amazon does not carry it (even though they link to other sellers). I found some finishing wax – a beeswax and carnauba combination. T’was expensive though. I have to stop at my local big box for the BLO; I want to at least try it on a a couple pieces of wood, but I won’t be buying a gallon right now.

I have plenty of protective gear from working with glass – and I know enough to use it. Nothing better for the lungs than the dust from a glass saw! And nothing better for the eyes than a tiny chip thrown up by a slurry grinder. No thank you – the tiny cuts all over my hands are enough to warn me. And I do work with chemicals sometimes, so I even have a full respirator if necessary.

Dustmagnet – I have never used poly – and after reading these, I probably won’t until I am more confident! I am more than willing to put the time and care into getting a nice finish – and I know that will vary based on wood and the piece I am making. None of the ones I am currently working on will be hard use – no table tops or chairs or anything outdoor. But there will be some pieces some day.

Wildwood – thanks for the info on some of those specific materials – that will come in handy.

Jim- I don’t know why, but I had it in the back of my mind that shellac is always a good start. That was probably for its use as a sealer – maybe that’s why I might remember it. Are there finishes I should not apply over shellac?

TorqNut – that is a good warning and something I had heard rumors about. I still do not understand it from a scientific standpoint, but that is moot if my house burns down! So I will seal any rags with BLO in airtight bags or bins.

Clint – I’ll check out your blog while I am supposed to be working tomorrow ;-) I am sure I will push out even more office related stuff from my brain!

So Saturday, I plan to cut up some pieces of scrap wood of a couple types and try different finishes – maybe even give KnickKnack’s super double-walled, soda-bottle, sunny-day heater a go. I’ll post the results on my blog – and you can all check in and tell me the ghastly mistakes I made, so I can give it another try and learn even more next weekend. Sadly I will be out of town for work next week, so all I will be able to do is read – and that finishing book will not be here by then!

I am thinking of taking my rough formed porcupine, my spoke shave, a couple of rasps and chisels and a handful of sandpaper with me. Think the hotel might boot me out if I scatter the floor of my room with sawdust?

Thank you all for taking the time to advise! I really appreciate it.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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