|Forum topic by Jack_Isidore||posted 08-03-2010 11:59 PM||7550 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-03-2010 11:59 PM
Hello all. I’m a new woodworker. I recently finished school (mechanical engineering) and have decided to use my new-found time and money for this great hobby which was my father’s as well. I’ve taken beginning and intermediate woodworking at my local community college and I am planning on taking the third and final course in the series this fall. I’ve been reading LJ posts for a month or two, but haven’t had a very compelling reason to post up to now.
For my intermediate course, I built a shaker style hallway table out of african mahogany. The intent was for this to be a gift for my mother, since I prefer a more modern simple design myself and I knew she’d really enjoy it. So, now comes the finishing.
I was on the verge of finishing the table with pure tung oil, cut with turpentine for the first few coats, but then read somewhere online that it can require more maintenance and I don’t want to give a piece of furniture that requires upkeep so I decided upon Waterlox. I know Waterlox is a varnish/oil mix, but it seemed like a good compromise to me. I put a coat on the table with a new foam brush, waited a few minutes, and tried to wipe of the excess (there wasn’t much excess, no puddles, but I was able to wipe some color off onto my wipe rag. Then I put it in a vacant room with the doors and windows shut and the window unit off. I put a second coat on 24 hours later this time with an old towel, which was an even worse mistake cause the lint was difficult to wipe off.
That was three days ago. Last night, I checked on it and noticed it was still tacky. Immediately, it occurred to me that by stuffing it in this closed room in an attempt to avoid dust, I didn’t allow any ventilation. In hindsight it seems so obvious. I’m not sure how to proceed from here. I put it in another room with a fan going and the doors open this morning and although it feels a little better, there is still a barely discernible tackiness to it. Waterlox says wipe it down with a vinegar and water solution, sand it with 0000 steel wool and restart and other sites say just sand and go right ahead. Should I take Waterlox’ advice, or if the tackiness is ever so slight, should I wait a few more days to see if the two layers of uncured Waterlox can cure and I can go ahead from here? Regardless of what I could get away with, will sanding with the steel wool and restarted benefit the finish, cause that could make my decision easy.
Sorry I don’t have any photos, I’ll be sure to post some under projects when I finish up. Thanks again and I look forward to being part of this great community.