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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 04-29-2010 12:58 AM 838 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jonathan

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04-29-2010 12:58 AM

I am in the middle of building a serving tray to take to friends this coming Saturday as a host gift for having us over. It’s a Kentucky Derby party, so the the tray is wood native to Kentucky and Kentucky Derby themed.

I will not be done with the joinery, woodburning, sanding, etc. until probably sometime tomorrow, at the earliest, so it won’t be ready to finish until then.

I am using walnut sides, with a 1/4 oak plywood insert for the tray section.

I thinking the walnut will pop with some Zinsser Seal Coat, and I’d imagine the white oak plywood will too. I can’t decide if I want to add a little color to the oak or not? I figured I’d put on a couple coats of the Seal Coat, then use a few coats of poly over that.

I do want this to be able to handle liquid on the surface from sweating glasses, or an occassional wisp of wine running down the side of a glass, etc. I think the poly should be able to contain that until it can get wiped off.

Is this the correct way to approach this, knowing that I’ll only have between 24-48 hours for everything to dry and still get the grain to pop?

Thanks in advance for 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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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 01:28 AM

Jonathan, your finishing routine should be fine. The shellac will dry in a very short time frame and, if you use a quick drying poly, you can apply coats every 4 to 6 hours.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 01:52 AM

Scott,

Thanks for the quick response. I figured I’d be OK with what I listed above, so thanks for the confirmation.

I didn’t know if there was another route that might highlight the wood even more, again within my time constraints?

-- 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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#3 posted 04-29-2010 06:34 PM

You can apply 3 coats of water based poly in one day.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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