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Posted on Teach me your finishing tricks: bandsaw boxes

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 10:38 PM

interlocks fingers while bending fingers back popping knuckles getting ready to type :) Ah Elizabeth Bandsaw boxes are my specialty but only if it hadn’t been for other fellow LJ’s that got me started, I kind of just took the bull by the horns and went my own direction with it, I’ll be glad to pass down to you what was taught to me in the bandsaw box world.

Here are some items

1. Spindle Sander (a must have) 1/4” up to 2” sanding sleeves with #80 #150 and #240 grits
2. 4” to 6”Belt sander ( a must have) # 80 grit
3. a couple 4” sanding blocks one with 80 grit and the other with 150 grit
4. Sanding paper I use #80 #150 #220 or #240 either or, #400 and lastly #600 in this order.
5. For all of my finishing I use a single quick coat of tung oil then a wipe to bring out the grain then 2 to 3 coats of wipe on poly using a foam brush dipping only the corner of the brush it doesn’t take much, then after drying time I final coat of paste wax.

As for as the glue goes you have to sand it real good in order to remove the glue and upon gluing you have to be careful on the squeeze out, I try to wipe as much off as possible and sand the rest as glue will not take finish at all, it has to be completely removed.

End grain soaks up the finish so sometimes it takes a lot of applications, I think the oil fills the pours better then the wipe on poly but I normally just keep applying the poly upon dry times until it’s had enough.

Hope this helped if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send my a PM and ask, I’ll be more then happy to help.

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