|Forum topic by danofpaco||posted 135 days ago||508 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
135 days ago
So I’ve never been happy with my finishing jobs to date, but I’m optimistic this time around… I’m looking for affirmation on my planned technique and finishing schedule for a curly maple / purpleheart picture frame I’m making for my dad. It’s his birthday and I bought a blueprint of Wrigley Field that I’m making a nice (hopefully) frame for.
I’ve started by popping the grain of the maple. I used a transtint vintage maple in water solution. As expected, this has also raised the grain, which I plan on hand sanding back to 220, to remove the raised grain and the dye on the long grain.
My next planned step is a coat of BLO. I’ve read that BLO can be amazing on figured wood. I have not used BLO before. I was planning on simply wiping the BLO on, letting it soak in, reapplying to areas that drink it in faster, and then wiping off the excess after a few minutes. Do I need to thin the BLO or will it work ok for a wiping application right out of the can?
Next I was going to start applying a wiping varnish (General Finishes Arm r Seal wiping varnish, high gloss). Do I sand (was thinking 220 grit) after the oil and before the varnish? How long should the oil set before starting with the varnish? I was planning on 4-5 coats including the top coat. Sanding lightly at 320 between coats. My shop is in my garage, and I’m in MN. My shop is heated to about 60 degrees for the time being. I was planning on allowing 12-24 hours between coats – what is a good way to tell if its ready for the next coat? Is it worth increasing the grits as I scuff sand between coats?
I know it’s not ideal, but I’m in a bit of a time crunch as I’m traveling to see them Friday morning and I was hoping to have it finished by then, if not fully cured at least travel and presentation ready. I will be applying the BLO tonight. Any other pointers for a great top coat?
Thanks for reading!
Any pointers on getting a great finish? Am I on the right track? Any tips on the final
-- Dan :: Minnesota