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#1 posted 04-04-2009 09:08 AM

My method of finishing is pretty straight forward and involves a Random Orbital Sander, some Scandinavian Oil as well as wet and dry sanding. (This oil will give a glossy finish with grain still available to the touch. China Wood Oil will give a satin finish)

I dry sand from 80g through 120,150,180,240 and 400g, then wipe the work piece down with Mineral Turps and let it dry.

Then I saturate the piece with oil, this usually requires about 2-3 coats over about 15-30 minutes.

Then I sand wet using the same 400g pad, followed by 500, 800, 1200,1500 and (if you can get them) 2000 and 4000g pads. I don’t remove any of the waste that you see while sanding. This tends to act as a grain filler. Ultimately, you are using friction to seal the oil into the wood.

Then all you need do is wipe with a soft cotton cloth, allow about 2-5 days for the oil to finally dry and then add the final finish of choice, e.g. Wax, Shellac, Wipe on Poly.
If you have a look at my projects, you will see how this method works out.




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