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Forum topic by Lt_scout posted 11-15-2017 06:21 AM 177 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2017 06:21 AM

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I made this pochade box for painting small 6×8 sketches on location in oil. It holds two wet panels in the lid. It’s made from baltic birch plywood and walnut.

This will be out in the sun mostly but on rare occasion in cold outside weather. This prototype is finished in linseed oil but I don’t think this is a very durable finish.

What do you suggest for a nice durable finish that looks good? Danish Oil?

thanks for any help!

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#1 posted 11-15-2017 12:06 PM

It’s real glossy, but maybe a clear epoxy???? Like the stuff they use on the decorative teak wood on a boat. One good thing about it, you could wipe away any paint that got where it din’t belong easy enough. Even a little acetone for “clean up” wouldn’t hurt that finish.

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 02:16 PM

Wiping varnish.

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#3 posted 11-15-2017 02:29 PM

+1 on wiping polyurethane varnish. I would probably put at least 5 coats to build up a nice finish. I would also apply a paste wax when it is cured but you have to reapply that periodically

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#4 posted 11-15-2017 03:43 PM

interesting, thanks guys… I should mention that i’m not concerned at all about getting paint on it. Art equipment should get messy. I’m just wanting to preserve the wood I guess from swelling and fading etc

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#5 posted 11-15-2017 04:31 PM



interesting, thanks guys… I should mention that i m not concerned at all about getting paint on it. Art equipment should get messy. I m just wanting to preserve the wood I guess from swelling and fading etc

- Lt_scout

Ah yes but the tool itself can be art too! ;-) You could perhaps paint something on the top and then use a spray polyurethane as a topcoat to protect it at least a little. You could even “distress” it by painting seemingly random but interesting patterns to give a used look and then topcoat that. Just some random thoughts.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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