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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 04-07-2010 05:00 AM 1296 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2010 05:00 AM

I’ve seen some great jigs and TS sleds, how do you jocks finish them when your done? Poly, shellac, BLO, or do you just leave them bare?

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 05:04 AM

usually bare, unless i need to make sure of minimal movement. when i do finish it’s usually the cheapest best stuff – ie poly. poly followed by wax works wonders on MDF… makes it super hard and durable.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 06:45 AM


Do you prefer brushing or rolling the poly on, given that it is a large, flat surface like a TS Sled?


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 12:52 PM

most of my jigs are MDF, so the poly just soaks in whichever way. So i just apply it until it stops absorbing and then let it dry.

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 03:24 PM

No finish… just wax if it is going to slide on a surface.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 03:24 PM

I use Watco Danish Oil to finish all my jigs. Any oil finish should work. I like to have a little protection, but I really don’t want a film finish that would get scratched and chipped over time. I use a lot of scrap exotics on my jigs so I want something to bring out the color of the wood. You don’t necessarily need a finsh though.


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#6 posted 04-07-2010 03:37 PM

I usually dont put a finish on them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 04:52 PM

Greetings Clay&Nancy: On all my shop furniture and shop jigs and fixtures I use Tung oil. A 50/50 mix of tung oil and mineral spirits and usually 2 coats does the trick. All of my shop jigs and furniture are made of Birch ply, so a little finish brings out the beauty of the wood and put s a protective coat on the wood. Also, it just makes it look nice…... try it…. you might like it…... keep on keeping on…...... later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 08:10 PM

I use poly, usually just one coat and then wax if appropriate.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 03:42 AM

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