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Forum topic by toddbg posted 03-11-2014 09:43 PM 661 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2014 09:43 PM

Hi guys –
I’m working on a few pieces for the garage (workbench and cabinets) and I am using these as tests and to build skills for future actual projects for in the house.

I am trying to find out some details on what the best method to apply things would be.

I have two pieces (both Maple plywood) – the first I put three coats of Watco danish oil (natural) on and let it dry for a couple weeks.
Then I quickly and lightly hit it with 320 to knock down a little bit and then brushed on a coat of rust-oleum ultimate poly (waterbased). I am planning on doing at least 3 coats. if after this first coat it feels rough again should I sand – or wait until another couple of coats then sand? What schedule should I follow?

The second piece I just put varathane natural cherry wipe on stain the grain didn’t pop much with that, I am planning on hitting it with the same poly.
what schedule should I use for this one?

Thanks for the advice!

-- -- Todd, Washington

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 10:12 PM

Any finish you use should not take longer than 24 hours to dry. If it is taking longer than something is very wrong. The most likely issue being that it is below 55 or 60 degrees F.

You should sand between coats if a piece is rough to the touch. How much you sand is up to you, but I rarely go deeper then 220 because after that a piece won’t retain the silky smooth feel for longer then a couple of months of regular use.

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