|Forum topic by gop1ayoutside||posted 201 days ago||1180 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
201 days ago
Gang, I am pretty new to finishing. I am going to be building an end table from red oak to go on one end of my couch in the living room. The wife has asked for it to be stained quite dark, because the rest of our furniture is also dark colored. I have been working on a scrap piece of the same wood to test finish schedules and I accomplished this and am now trying to get a nice soft satin feel.
Here is what I did so far:
1) stained w/ minwax penetrating stain (3 times, maybe overkill). I used a blend of the ebony and red mahogany colors I really like it.
2) sealed using minwax “tung oil finish” (if I understand correctly this would be classified as an “oil varnish blend”) with some stain mixed into it. I did 1 part ebony stain, 1 part red mahogany stain, and 6 parts of the finish. I did 3 coats, and between coats I rubbed it down with #000 steel wool. After the first 2 coats it was well sealed, I laid the 3rd coat on thick and let it self-level and dry. The result is that I have a dark, hard glossy finish. The grain is not completely filled, there is just a little bit of surface texture where the grain is. I am happy with the color. The finish has built up a bit thicker than I might have preferred but since the main purpose of the table will be to keep my can of traditional beverage in a convenient place while I sit on the couch, I am OK with the thicker finish (it will be very protective I think). The finish has a high-gloss look to it that I don’t particularly love.
3) I have some Watco satin wax in the dark color that I intend to apply to finish things up. As per some suggestions I’ve found other places I will likely do 2 coats and use #0000 steel wool to rub the finish in and then let it dry and buff it out to the sheen I want with a piece of old T-shirt.
My question is, before applying the wax, what should I do? I thought of hitting with steel wool again but am not sure if the #000 or #0000 would be best, and I also thought of wet-sanding it with some 320 grit wet dry sandpaper I have. I am not sure which of these things I should do (if any) or maybe something different, and If I go with the wet-sanding I am not sure what lubricant to use—vegetable oil? Liquid Wrench Lubricating oil? Water? Soapy water? I’ve seen many suggestions. Again, the last coat i did was Minwax Tung oil finish mixed with some stain.
I can test a few things out but If somebody can point me in the right direction it might save me some time. I appreciate your thoughts!