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Forum topic by EandS posted 10-14-2011 06:44 PM 2893 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2011 06:44 PM

I am finishing a side table and I decided to go with BLO because of how striking the figure is. The BLO deepens this and give more of a 3d look then it already has. I like the satin luster it gives off but I want to further get it smooth to the touch and maybe add a tiny bit of protection. I know I dont want to use poly of any sort so I am asking, how will just wax work over BLO? How many coats would you recomend of each finish?

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 07:26 PM

You will add several coats of BLO I presume. After the BOL has had time to cure, wax will add the “touch” that you want. I am glad that you chose a classic finish to your project. Far too many just slap on a coat of polycrapithane and call the project finished.
Finishing is the final visual and tactile art in woodworking. Do it right for true workmanship.


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#2 posted 10-14-2011 07:39 PM

Bill – Very true. I couldn’t agree with you more.

EandS – I would second what Bill said, especially the words “After the BLO has had time to cure…” I would err on the safe side and give it a couple of weeks after the final coat is dry to the touch before applying the wax. As I always tell the missus, you can’t rush quality!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 07:46 PM

Absoloutly to both questions. About 3 coats and I have been giving it ample time to dry.
I will follow up with wax after the adiquite curing time. Thanks so much bill and brit.
I have the drawer face beaded with ebony and I was thrilled to see how beautifully the BLO takes to ebony and enrichens it.

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 07:52 AM

Bill and Brit are spot on. Hands are naturally drawn to a oil and wax finish. Post pics when done.


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#5 posted 10-16-2011 06:03 AM

When you say wax are you referring to regular ole past wax? Like for autos and such?

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 06:33 AM

BSmith…NO—never use car wax on wood. It contains silicone which will ruin the wood surface.

What we mean is wood paste wax. Johnson’s and Minwax makes it. Both are in yellow cans and are for wood.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 02:56 PM

@Bsmith: The silicone in auto wax can cause fish eye. Other paste waxes available include, but are not limited to: Briwax, Myland’s (lots of turners use it), Renaissance (one that I’ve had good success with), Liberon Black Bison, etc.

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 05:22 AM

Great. I’ll get some. I have tried car wax on a couple small projects. Worked ok but left a white residue in some grainy areas. Thanks again.

-- Bryan

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