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Forum topic by zindel posted 04-02-2012 08:56 PM 1044 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2012 08:56 PM

Okay so what is everyone’s steps to getting that great slick finish on their projects? As a background of what i am planning, i want to make a chess board out of walnut and maple….IDK what i will do for the chess pieces but thats another issue. Anyways i want to have a great mirror finish and i was thinking of using clear lacquer and hand rub. Anyone have better luck with varnish or lacquer when hand rubbing? should i put something else on there before i add the lacquer/varnish?

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 09:03 PM

Maybe in here somewhere.

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 09:17 PM

The staring point to a rubbed out finish is to make sure you have plenty of material to rub out. With lacquer I would spray (rattle cans are fine) 2-3 thin coats let dry then very lightly sand with 350grit add 2-3 more coats lightly sand with 600grit hundred repeat and sand with 1000grit then I would use some super fine rubbing compound with a buffer(if you don’t have a buffer you can use a ROS with a soft cloth like a diaper,after that hand rub some good furniture wax and buff by hand. At this point you should have a very glossy mirror like finish. I would suggest you try it out on a sample board first.

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 11:36 PM

Here is a great video of what you are looking for.

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 11:54 PM

Like Jim said, the main thing is to have enough of a buildup. I used wipe-on poly for my walnut and maple chess table, but it involved many, many coats, and multiple sandings to level everything out. Keep in mind that walnut is an open-grained wood, so it will take a lot of finish (or a grain filler, like Crystalac) to get a glassy-smooth finish.

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