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Forum topic by BobD posted 01-21-2010 09:11 AM 1675 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BobD

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01-21-2010 09:11 AM

I have made a top for a stub wall that separates two rooms. Photobucket It is plain sawn white oak. I have drilled 8 holes for ebony wood plugs to cover the screws that will fasten the top to the stub wall. The board is stained but no finish yet. What kind of finish would you put on this board? The problem is how do you finish the board after it is attached with screws and the ebony plugs installed. I could brush or roll on some sort of finish but I don’t like finishes that clearly show the brush marks. i guess using a foam brush would work. Recently I’ve used spar urethane in a spray can and I really like the ease of spraying vs brushing. But I really don’t want to spray which produces over spray in the house. Would some sort of hand rubbed finish like some sort of wax be an option?

Suggestions appreciated.
Bob
San Diego

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 12:24 PM

Use a wiping varnish.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 01:17 PM

Bob, I agree with Randy. Here is a picture of the divider that covers the half wall going into the basement in our home that has withstood everything my wife could throw at it- plants, dust collectors, etc.

It was topcoated with polyurethane over 20 years ago and the finish still looks fine.

With a wipe on product you will not get the mess that you will have with a spray. Since it is a diluted finish you will have to apply more coats but they go on fast and dry quickly.

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 03:01 PM

I would be more concerned with how you are going to get the plugs flush without sanding and scratching up the already stained piece.

I agree with uptop on the the wipe on varnish.

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 04:59 PM

Thanks for the tip on a wipe on varnish. I have never used it. Any recommendations on brand or application. Is it as simple as what the name implies—just wipe it on?

Icemizer- I was concerned about the sanding of the plugs also, so I did a pretty smooth sanding of the ebony before cutting the plugs. I’ll carefully tap them flush using a flat wood scrap.

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 09:16 PM

Bob, it is as simple as it sounds. You can buy it at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. But I always recommend making your own. Simply buy polyurethane and cut it about 50:50 with mineral spirits. I generally store mine in a plastic container that originally held mineral spirits. When I want to use it I just pour some in a plastic bowl.

To use it put some of the diluted polyurethane a clean lint free cotton cloth or paper towel and wipe it on. It goes on easily and dries quickly. Of course, since it is a diluted product it will take more coats to build a finish. I have put as many as 6 on a project before.

This will work for any varnish. Just read the list of ingredients and make sure you are not starting with a varnish product that is already formulated as a wiping product.

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