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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 01:27 PM

As to gluing: It helps to apply a very thin coat to both pieces, rubbed in with a finger and allowed to dry, before applying the final glue to seal the joint. This insures that the final glue will not soak in to the end grain and starve the joint. With the knowledge that soaking in has been eliminated, you can then afford to apply less glue and also fairly well eliminate squeeze out. If possible, you could tape both sides of the joint to catch any errant glue.

Finishing is really wood specific. Softer woods will require more applications unless you use a sealer. My favorite finish for small band saw boxes is BLO or Watco first. Flood it and let is sit for a while. Do not let it get tacky. Then wipe it off and let it completely dry. (At least 24 hrs.) Re-apply if necessary.
When you are satisfied that the wood will accept no more, apply the final finish of your choice.
With harder woods, I use a 50/50 blend of either Watco. or BLO, and Marine varnish from start to finish.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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