My brother and I have spent a good deal of time lately building a blanket chest our of quarter-sawn white oak. We have the inside lined with aromatic cedar (not fully installed yet, till after we put the finish on the rest of the project). I thought that I wanted to spray on the stain and the topcoat (was planning on polyurathane). I bought a turbine HVLP sprayer, the one from Rockler, which I wanted to get eventually anyway, b/c I keep reading/hearing that it puts a better finish on. I have a couple sets of shelves built with oak plywood and oak faceframes that I planned to cut my teeth on the sprayer with before I tackle the blanket chest(planning on poly only for the shelves). Was just looking for some tips online today, and can’t seem to find much. Was planning on building a 3 sided “spray booth” with some 4×8 sheets of rigid foam insulation with foil backing, and putting a 14” hole in the middle one with a fan behind it, and a filter in the hole, to direct the overspray OUTSIDE my garage. Also wondering if I should thin the stain or the poly with mineral spririts. It seems that I’m reading that thinning the poly will help it dry faster and make the overspray residue less sticky.
Just looking for a little guidance here. Does this sound like a good plan?
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