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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 06-18-2007 09:00 PM

After the passage of the fever accompanying the initial writing of this piece, I realize that without Frank’s comments about preparation only half the lesson is imparted to those newer woodworkers who are investigating this topic. If you wandered into to this entry first, make sure and go back to read this…

Of particular interest to new WWers, and somethiing that seems counter-intuitive to the un-initiated is the fact that you can actually sand the finishes you apply to level them, and after curing, to rub them out with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, non-woven abrasive pads etc. to adjust the sheen of the piece. This is the “finish the finish” piece that I was unaware of as I started back into this hobby. Nothing beats the silky feel of a hard-cured film finish rubbed out to perfection, then followed with a coat of fine furniture wax (not Pledge™…real wax). DO NOT rush this step. Give it a minimum of 72 hours, a week is better (shellac you can cheat to 24 hours if you are on a deadline). Let the finish cure before rubbing out.

My secret, and I feel a fairly revolutionary time-saver is the use of Abralon pads made by Mirka Abrasives for rub out. Traditional methods would be to wet the piece with paraffin oil, and then rub the piece with powdered pumice and rottenstone and a felt block. Can you say, messy. The abralon pads are cushioned 6” pads with grits up to P4000. You can dry rub out all the way to full gloss with your random orbital sander. Just be careful around the edges of your piece lest you burn through the finish.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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