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Forum topic by Tommy Evans posted 12-17-2014 02:03 PM 1108 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tommy Evans

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12-17-2014 02:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing cherry maple

Hi all,

I am completing my first ‘fine’ woodworking project. It is a serving tray from Woodsmith magazine. I used tiger maple and cherry.
It’s not TOO bad. I shouldn’t have picked a project that has such small and delicate angles and cuts but.. cie la vie!

It has 8 coats of rattle can lacquer on everything but the bottom. I left the bottom alone until last night. On the bottom I used a brushing lacquer to try that out. It came out great.

BUT… I had the tray upside down with the handles resting on a piece of black anti-skid shelf liner type of stuff. It has left ‘marks’ on the handles !

crap. It’s a Cristmas present.

I have rubbed it several times with a fine sanding pad and did not see any difference. I read that another coat of lacquer will meld with previous coats.
Should I try another light spray? I don’t know if the marks imparted a color to the finish or maybe it’s just a difference of ‘shine’ that makes it noticable.

Or is the only sure fire fix to sand it down and start over on the handles. I can tape them off for respraying if I need to.

Waiting anxiously…. help!

peace, T

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 02:29 PM

I would try to rub it off using a rag with some lacquer thinner. Then re-spray.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 02:31 PM

I think I would just sand them down and spray again. Looks like some type of reaction from the rubber. If so covering it up probably won’t help.

best wishes Lynn

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 03:00 PM

I’d try the 1st suggestion the. Then second.

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 03:13 PM

Yep, I’ll try a very light amount of lacquer thinner, I don’t know how much would gum up the finish -if any. But, if I screw it up I’ll go to sanding it down. SWMBO says to not worry about it! yeah, right!

Thanks, guys.

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 03:21 PM

Depending how deep the marks are another coat of lacquer might melt them out. I think you would be ahead sanding lightly then applying another coat of lacquer. I think the lacquer thinner alone will make a mess.
With 8 coats of lacquer the lacquer was probably still soft and the weight of the tray against the rubber caused the indentations. With that many coats it will take a few days after your finished for the lacquer to finish hardening.

It is a nice looking tray. Good job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 03:22 PM

well that was interesting. I’ve only used shellac up to now.

I rubbed it with the thinner and it cleaned the marks and I could feel the finish gumming up. Just like shellac would.

The marks are gone and the finish is just a very little bit ‘rough’. Guess I’ll wait a couple of hours to make sure it’s dry and do some fine sanding and a final spray or two. whew.

Is paste wax ok or necessary on lacquer? I have always used it on shellac.

Bruce, just saw your reply. I didn’t know it took that long to harden up. Yeah, I can see that now since the coats melt into each other.

peace, T

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 03:31 PM

Like you I think Bruce was right.
Thats one beautiful tray,great job.

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 03:41 PM

Had to get some bread out of the freezer and went and checked out the piece. I could still see marks on one handle. A little more rubbing and they are gone. again.

Thanks, Jim. First try at figured wood. First try with store bought wood! LOL
It’s for my son, who went to University of Missouri. Go Tigers. Hence the use of tiger maple.


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#9 posted 12-18-2014 03:57 AM

A very nice tray!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 12-18-2014 02:32 PM

Thanks, Mark.
It was quite a learning curve. 22.5 degree sides. Little 1/8 locking dadoes connecting sides to bottom. Curved handles etc. All new to me. It took longer than expected with a re-do here and there! LOL
Plus the 5/16 material was resawn from 13/16 stock then jointed and planed. All kinds of fun stuff!
Not my design, though. It came from, but I can’t find it since the redesign of the website.


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