|Forum topic by Bingo969||posted 11-28-2012 05:41 PM||6424 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
11-28-2012 05:41 PM
I’m curious to hear what people’s thoughts on this are. I know only a few other local woodworkers and it seems everyone has a different answer but not many can really explain why they feel that way.
I make large-ish wooden box drums (Called a ‘Cajon’ if you are familiar with them or want to see). Here is a picture of my first one that I thought came out so-so. A little warp on the front soundboard down near the bottom. The top corners are supposed to have a gap there for the traditional wood-on-wood “crack” sound when struck. http://www.livesuncoast.com/Cajon.jpg
I’ve been staining them (Oil based stain made by Zar. I really like how it comes out) and then polyurethane that with a water-based poly. Seems to work really well. I’ve played around with matte, satin and gloss poly and I’ve more or less settled on the satin for a nice halfway between dull and really shiny.
I’ve been using 1200-1500 grit sanding inbetween each coat of poly. I usually end up around 4-6 coats total before I’m calling them done.
However, some have sworn by using 4-0 steel wool between coats of poly. I’m not sure I’m happy with the results. I seem to find more “swirls” using the steel wool. However, maybe I’m doing it wrong too.
So what are you thoughts on Steel Wool vs Sanding and why? What are your experiences? I’d love to hear them and help educate myself more on different techniques.
As always, thanks for being such a great resource for us new woodworkers!