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Forum topic by logwolf posted 02-07-2017 06:59 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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logwolf

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02-07-2017 06:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: basswood sanding finishing

Hi guys
I know basswood is not the species of wood I should use for bandsaw boxes, but this huge piece was given to me by a friend.
I already cut out the main project out of the block. But I want to present this as a gift, and don’t want to mess up whatever finish I apply.
I was going to run a table top belt sander (220 grit) to smooth out the outside. Then switch over to my oscillating spindle sander to sand the interiors, including the inside of the drawers before reattaching the fronts and backs.

Should I go higher on the grit to begin my sanding. Much of the project involves thin material, after cutting out the drawers, etc.

Also, any idea what kind of finish for basswood? This is my first time with basswood.
Thank you


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#1 posted 02-07-2017 09:38 PM

I have finished basswood using Lacquer, Poly, and shellac. All work well. I now use shellac, sand (220) and then a wipe on poly. Initial sanding to 220 is fine.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#2 posted 02-08-2017 02:27 AM

Take a piece of scrap and try what you want to use first, see how it looks and avoid the “oops” moment.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 10:47 PM



I have finished basswood using Lacquer, Poly, and shellac. All work well. I now use shellac, sand (220) and then a wipe on poly. Initial sanding to 220 is fine.

- Jim Finn

I said a finish. What I should say is, what is a good sealer. I want to ensure no matter what I put on as a top coat, that it will not bleed through the endgrain portions of the wood to give it a darker coat then the rest of it.
I’ve read that I could use poly as a seal over bare basswood. I have minwax prestain. Would that work on basswood. My test strips are coming out uneven. Maybe I didn’t sand some areas as much as others.

Instead of stain, I was thinking of using Danish oil. But can I add a top coat of poly over that as a protectant?

This is the project I’m trying to finish


I have finished basswood using Lacquer, Poly, and shellac. All work well. I now use shellac, sand (220) and then a wipe on poly. Initial sanding to 220 is fine.

- Jim Finn


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