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Forum topic by jkjames posted 08-21-2012 07:52 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jkjames

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08-21-2012 07:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 1x2 danish chalkboard school classroom

I am a bit wrapped around the axle when it comes to finishes, especially for my latest project.

I am making chalk board easels for a school. 1×2 wood. 42” high, 18” wide. 1/4” hardboard 2S with a chalkboard finish. Two identical units hinged at the top. (Think fancy sawhorse.)

I am tinkering with Red Oak, Maple, and Poplar. Hopefully no stain, just protective finish.

All of my previous bookshelf projects have used Minwax Oil-Modified Poly with great results.

I am making 15 of these at once; time to finish is a factor, but I don’t like putting out inferior product. I am thinking about Danish Oil oil, but I am hoping for some advise from people with more experience…


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#1 posted 08-21-2012 08:50 PM

I just made the exact thing for my granddaughter. She wanted it painted purple, kids like bright colors. Mine was made from pine no need for fancy woods for kids projects that will not become heirlooms.
MIKE

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 08:53 PM

What type of paint did you use… I do have HVLP as an option. If they wanted solid colors, that would be fine with cheaper wood. The question then becomes durability with the dirty hands, bumps and scrapes, etc…

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 09:01 PM

The only purple paint I could find locally was Rustolium spray. If you can find enamal oil base paint it’s best. WATCH OUT FOR LEAD IN IT. Go to a paint store, A Paint Store, not HD or or or. They will best advise you on what to use on kids furniture.
MIKE

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 01:29 AM

Waterborne poly for a clear finish or acrylic/latex gloss for a colored finish. You don’t need anything more exotic.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 02:05 AM

Home Depot has a whole collection of “Disney Colors”. They seem to be quality paint and my granddaughter loved the pink and purple on her sand table.

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 03:17 AM

Waterborne poly has served me well so far. I guess I don’t need to look for better. I am thinking I can maybe just soak in the first coat and wipe well… then nothing more. Kinda matte finish’y… not glossy/shiny/thick.

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