|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 05-30-2015 12:40 PM||865 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
05-30-2015 12:40 PM
I will be manufacturing a line of wooden laser engraved plaques. The more that I think about it the more that I believe that it would be better to put a nicer finish on them than what I will be able to do with a simple oil finish. My plaques average 8 in. x 16 in. So they are small products in nature. The other projects that I will add to the line would be boxes, small wall cabinets, spice cabinets, etc. Many of these items will also be engraved.
I have already added a second room to my shop that is 14 ft. x 30 ft. This was done to keep the sawdust separated from my laser engraver. It’s much better for the laser engraver to kept very clean. In fact, this addition has been separated into two equal rooms. There is a wall with a six foot opening that separates the room. The opening is sized for a standard 6 ft. double walk through door. I haven’t yet installed the door but I could easily do so. So the finishing room could be even more insulated from dust. There is also a removable square built into the framework behind the sheetrock so that an installation of a fan could be easily installed.
I have insurance on my shop and business but it will not be practical to use flammable materials. One other plus that I have in my shop is a central heat pump. I keep the temperature at 60 deg in the winter and 80 deg in the summer. This should help me a lot in finishing in the winter months.
My question is have they developed yet any dependable water based finishing materials to put a reliable finish on these smaller products that I have listed above?
If you know of water based finishes that are dependable what are your favorite ones?
Thank you in advance for helping me with this problem. I sure would appreciate your advice.
helluvawreck aka Charles
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