So I’ve been cranking on my top (1” MDF with laminate on both sides) ....
> I milled 1/2” thick solid pine banding down from scraps of trim and framing lumber…
> installed w/ biscuits to aide alignment…
> flush trimmed top and bottom with router
> decided to route a 3/16”x45 deg chamfer on the top perimeter, rather than a round over bit.
> sanded every thing up nice and pretty.
In keeping with the “use up old inventory” theme of this project, I previously finished the face frame with an old partial can of “Zar Plus – Salem Maple” stain & poly in one stuff. And though it’s not anything to brag about, it’s quick to apply and appears fairly durable with only one coat.
But after finishing and installing the risers, I knew I was at risk of running out…. especially if what was left in the can skinned over again…. which of course it did.
So I gets one long side and two ends of the banding covered with a decent looking coat (picking out the flecks and blobs) and for want of a couple spoon fulls of finish, I couldn’t complete the other long side.
So I get the brainstrom to add some thinner and see if I can stretch the little bit of residue in the bottomof the can.
I got just enough finish applied to cover the last side, but not enough pigment to match the color of the other side and ends :^(
So I found an old can of oil based Minwax Early Amerkican stain, which after testing on some scrap, proved to be a very close match to the Zar stuff…. So I’m thinking that maybe I can put it on to match the color and then put a coat of clear oil based poly over all four sides and call it done.
but Noooooooooo…. there was just enough dillute finish on their to prevent the stain from penetrating.
So I after making quite the mess of things…. I had to take a rag soaked in thinner and scrub off the finish on the last side.
But the finish on the other three sides had already started curing and wouldn’t wipe off….
So now I have to decide if I’m going to sand it all off (and re-cut the chamfer to re-establish the nice crisp edges) and then re-finish with the Minwax stain and oil based poly….
or just touch sand the one side that I scrubbed down with thinner and try to finish it to match.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!