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Forum topic by CanKuhn posted 03-05-2012 12:48 AM 1995 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2012 12:48 AM

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I’m a woodshop teacher and we do a CD Holder as a project. I use boiled linseed oil to stain the CD Holder and more often than not the masonite, which we use for the back of the project, ends up looking like this

When I do the demonstration mine turns out fine but I can’t figure out what my students are doing wrong when they stain their projects.

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:20 AM

I agree with WudnHevn, unless they are using a sealer of some type

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 01:29 AM

Perhaps you don’t stain but, just give it a cost or two of poly? 2 coats, 3 maximum will give a good finish.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 01:39 AM

Sand it first. Masonite is conditioned with heat and pressure. This
makes it resistant to moisture.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 01:15 PM

Thanks for the help Lumber jocks.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 02:42 PM

When I finish it I flood it with thinned varnish, 50/50 spar varnish/mineral spirits. I let it drink it in for a while then wipe it tight. From your photo it looks like your BLO is a little thick and is not penetrating on the first coat. Thin it and have them put enough on to let it soak in.

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 02:53 PM

Why not use shellac?


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