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11-30-2010 07:17 PM

I just finished my 4th Maloof rocker and I can’t seem to get the finish to where I want it. Everytime I find a rocker online that i love it seems to have a finish that shines like a mirror. What method is being used to get this finish? I have been using the Maloof brand finishes, 4 coats of Poly/Oil followed by 2 coats of wax/oil. Am i using the wrong finish or do I need to use a buffer to get the shine I seek?

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 07:24 PM

Do you rub it down with steel wool between each coat? I do this to get a smooth finish, but i usually don’t use the gloss finish, i use a semi-gloss. I would think that it would help, but i’m not a finishing guru.

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 07:25 PM

I sand the chair down to 400 grit and then rub steel wool over it before the poly/oil. I have never sanded between coats.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 07:55 AM

You can try to buff your finish. Use compound and buffing machine if possible.
But in my experience it is quite difficult to make a high gloss finish with oil and wax finish. You may need varnish to make it.

Good luck

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wisno

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 03:27 PM

I have no probem with changing my finishing technique. The only things I want with a finish is long lasting, high gloss, & no stain (want to highlight the natural wonders of the wood).

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 04:07 PM

We do just as Hal Taylor suggested.

Sand up to 400 then sand with 500 abralon, it’s a foam pad that gets into the pores

We then burnish with a wool pad on the RO150, after this step the wood in shiny and ready for finish

This pic shows a side sanded to 320 and the other sanded with abralon and burnished with the wool pad, what a difference!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 04:26 PM

Paul do you also use the 2 stage Maloof finshes?

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 05:27 AM

We mix our own 3 part which is the same as what Sam did.

Equal parts

Boiled Linseed Oil
Raw Tung oil
Poly-Ureathane

Brush it on, leave it for 20 – 30 minutes, wipe it off completely

2 – 4 coats on chairs , 6 – 10 on table tops

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 03:16 PM

Paul,
When you say “burnish with a wool pad”.. do you mean steel wool, or actual lambs wool polishing pad?

I would like to get a finish like this on a project I am working on now, but the silky smooth look eludes me..

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 04:45 PM

I think the major factor is using the 500 grit abralon / festool platin 2 because it is a foam backed abrasive, it actually flexes and sands into the pores, at least that’s what festool says.

The next pad we use is a Festool Sheepskin D6, it’s just straight sheep skin, and could be used on any sander, but im’ sure does work best on a rotax type machine as it is meant for polishing.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 11:07 PM

And for those of us that do not have Festool equipment.. what would be the equivilant?

I have never used any of the sanding pads.. I have always use discs and sheets cut to size, in various grits.. steel wool from time to time.. but most of my finishing involves hand applied, the last few coats wet sanded with 600 grit..?

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 12:45 AM

I think makita has sanders that have the ” rotax ” feature and I don’t see why the festool sheep skin pad wouldn’t work with any hook and loop sander.

This is where I get my abralon

http://buyfromawoodworker.com/Abralon_c18.htm

It may seem expensive, but each pad really lasts a long time.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 04:12 AM

Thanks Paul…
I spent some time in Acton a while back.. I attended a number of seminars Hendrik Varju puts on up at his place.. would have loved to stop in and say “hi”.. you do amazing work..

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 05:41 AM

No problem Gator, if you ever come up this way again your welcome to come by

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#14 posted 01-14-2011 04:54 PM

Paul do you sand at all between coats of finish?

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#15 posted 01-14-2011 05:03 PM

I rub down the entire piece with 0000 very fine steel wool, I let the first coat dry for 2-3 days.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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