Hope Chest for Daughter #2 #18: Hand sanding & sealing the panels

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 01-16-2017 01:38 AM 547 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Profile sanding the raised panel end grain. Part 18 of Hope Chest for Daughter #2 series Part 19: I screwed up big time :^( »

Went to Home Depot today and bought sanding sponges, sand paper and a nice little sanding block…

All hand sanding tonight, working through the grits 150 – 180 – 220

Then I vacuumed the panels, blew them off with air, wiped them down with a tack clothe (mistake?), buffed the out with a cotton rag, and hit them with a rattle can of Shellac as a seal coat.

My daughter doesn’t want a gloss finish, so I’m thinking satin laquer, and she wants to be able to feel the grain.

Some of the grain is a little open and porous.

I’m not sure if I should fill it or not.

Any recommendations?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 08:50 PM

OBTW… did I mention that these sanding blocks and sand paper are stinkin’ expensive?


-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 11:48 PM

Looks like you’ve got your finishing routine down pretty well. Although I just vacuum the parts before applying finish, and not blow them off with compressed air. The reason for this is, that blowing them off blows all the dust into the air, and it settles back down onto the parts. Vacuuming alone removes the dust without dispersing it into the air.

As for tack cloths—don’t like ‘em. They’re gummy, stick to the parts, and can leave behind residue that can affect the finish.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 01-17-2017 12:28 AM

Hey Dean,

I agree that blowing the parts with air does foul up the air, but I’m always amazed how much more dust comes out of the pores and crevices when I do so. It was warm enough the last couple days that I could spray in the other side of the basement. But now it’s getting cold again.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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