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Jonathan

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03-10-2010 07:31 PM

I am making an impromptu gift for someone we’re going to visit, so I need the finish to dry/cure quickly.

The item is a little ring holder made of walnut. I’m going to add a dowel in the center. Not sure what I’m going to sand to, and maybe that’ll depend on the finish?

I won’t be able to apply the finish until tonight and we’re flying out tomorrow morning.

I have Watco Danish Oil and Zinsser shellac at home. I was also considering SealCoat.

That’s probably only enough time for 1-2 coats.

So, what would you sand to and what finish would you apply?

We won’t actually be giving it to her until Friday, but I’d imagine she’ll start using it Friday night.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."


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lew

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 07:36 PM

Wipe on poly

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 07:43 PM

I agree with Lew. If it will be used a lot Danish oil or shellac won’t stand up very well. The gift will still smell of poly when you deliver it. A good alternative could be spray lacquer which normally dries totally in about 3 hours and probably with less after smell than poly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 09:04 PM

Shellac will allow you to apply two or three coats in one day.
It is more than durable enough for small craft items.

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 09:08 PM

I agree with Mike,
The poly will take long time to dry, at least 1 or 2 days.
It is better if you use nitrocellulose clear coating.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 09:20 PM

If I were doing a project like this and needed a quick finish, as Randy said, you can apply multiple coats of shellac in a very short time frame. I have put as many as 6 on in a single day. And the spray lacquer will work as well. It just depends on which one you have available and are comfortable with.

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Jonathan

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 10:16 PM

Thanks for all the response so far!

I ended up bringing a box full of finishing stuff with me to work so I can work on it later when it’s slow. That’ll give me a bit of precious time. I brought everything with me to finish this project.

Maybe an ignorant question, but could I do a coat or two of shellac, then spray 1-2 coats of lacquer? Should I send to 220 or go up to 320? I also brought some steel wool with me as I thought that might be best if I go the lacquer route?

Is this overkill? Should I simply pick either the shellac or lacquer or do a combo?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 11:38 PM

OK, so the shellac I have is not dewaxed, so I guess I won’t be putting the lacquer over it if I go that route.

I have never used shellac before, so I forgot about the waxed vs. dewaxed kinds.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 04:46 AM

OK, got the dowel in and clamped down. Now I’m just waiting for the Titebond III to set up.

I sanded to 80-100-150-220-320.

I think I’m going to go with the spray lacquer at this point.

It’s probably just going to be 1 or maybe 2 coats at the most, as I’m running out of time.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 05:34 PM

I’m sitting at the Denver airport right now with the completed project in-hand.

I got the last coat of lacquer on this morning shortly before leaving the house.

I ended up getting 3-4 coats on. 3 on the bottom and 4-coats everywhere else.

I did have a bit of an adhesion issue on the endgrain part of the base. It’s like it didn’t want to stick. After the 2nd coat, I sanded a little on the endgrain because of some minor streaking. After that is when I really had the adhesion issue. Not sure why? Should I have used mineral spirits or something else to really clean it up?

I will try to post this as a project if I can when we get to San Juan. If not, I’ll post it once we’re Stateside again.

Thanks again for all the help!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 06:14 PM

Thanks again for the timely advice to everyone above, I do appreciate it!

Here’s a link to the completed project, with pictures:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29800

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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