|Review by Tim Dahn||posted 07-11-2010 01:23 AM||3888 views||4 times favorited||22 comments|
Bill Bush was at the Chantilly Va. wood show this spring demonstrating his finishing products, so I had a seat, watched and listened as he showed how he finishes his projects. I did not purchase the kit but rather the Bush oil, some PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) sand paper, fiber pads and a DVD. I have since called to order additional sand paper and a couple sanding blocks, so this review is for the sanding products and the technique he uses, and well I use it now too.
First the PSA sand paper (carborundum) is quality stuff; the open coat, aluminum oxide grit cuts aggressively, resists clogging and seems to last quite a long time.
But it’s not just the sand paper, the technique is what really made sense to me and there are a couple of key points to make here;
1. The PSA sand paper does not slide around so there is no wasted effort. The foam sanding block cushions just enough to keep from damaging the sand paper under pressure.
2. The addition of a trimmed 2” natural bristle paint brush for cleaning the wood surface helps get the dust out of the way when changing to the next higher grit and cleaning the sand paper also helps it last even longer.
The 80 and 120 grits do most of the work leveling the wood and then usually just a few passes with 180, 220 and 400 before moving on to the ultra fine fiber pad to remove any embedded saw dust and last the non abrasive fiber pad burnishes the surface, at this point you have a completely flat smooth as glass surface. The sanding blocks are a little expensive ($20ea) for me so I just purchased two, for the 80 and 120 grits and made my own from MDF and some foam material I found locally for the 180, 220 and 400 grits.
The finish seems to be a mix of oil and poly and can be mixed with oil base stains. I will post a review of the oil finish after I complete the clock I’m working on but I can tell you after using it on some test pieces, I like it too.
-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.