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Forum topic by Lattimer posted 10-21-2010 08:12 PM 922 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2010 08:12 PM

I’ve wrapped up with a fairly large basement finishing project (for me) that entails a built in bar, desk, cabinets, and also trimming out a beam and some columns with poplar and birch plywood. I’ve stained it all a reddish-brown tone (red chestnut).

Now I’m onto the finishing process and I’ve done some samples on some scrap, and I’m not getting the desired results (too glossy). Since this will be a heavily used and abused area, poly is probably the way to go, but I’d like to avoid all gloss. I’d like a warm and muted tone to this (almost like a tung oil finish), but I’m concerned that tung wouldn’t give me the durability I need.

Any tips or tricks? I plan on grabbing some 0000 steel wool after work and trying to buff down the sheen on the scrap pieces to see if that will do the trick.

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 08:15 PM

Buffing with steel wool should take of the gloss. Were you using gloss or satin poly?

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

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 08:18 PM


Some of the lighting is flourescent, so any gloss really shows up (and shows off my mistakes!).

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 09:00 PM

Thanks for the info Barry. I haven’t applied the finish yet, only to sample pieces, so I’ll give your advice a shot on some samples.

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