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Forum topic by rlrobinhood posted 12-28-2014 01:19 AM 617 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2014 01:19 AM

Hi all,

I built my wife a desk. It is basically two small cabinets (about the size of a two drawer file cabinet) and then I’ll put a top on top of these. The top is a rosewood plywood and I put rosewood edging around it. I just finished sanding the desk top assembly to 220 grit.

My plan is to use a Minwax natural stain on the desk top. After it dries (how long to you think? Would 24-hours be fine?), I was going to brush on a coat of gloss polyurethane. After it dries, I would hit it very lightly with 220 grit sand paper (hand sand) and put another coat of poly on. Repeat again.

Do you think this a good process? Any advice, comments, or recommendations?

Thanks a million all and happy new year!!

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 01:27 AM

I believe the directions call for a minimum of 8 hours before applying the clear coat. I just finished a batch of cedar picture frames stained with red chestnut and I let them sit about 20 hours before I applied the gloss poly (also minwax). No problems at all.. but I dilute the poly 50/50 (more or less) with minteral spirits and wipe it on. I gave up on fighting brush strokes :)


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#2 posted 12-28-2014 01:51 AM

I would think that 24 hrs would be adequate. I would sand between coats w/ 400 grit, it will give you a better finish. After final coat buff out w/ a brown paper sack, then wax.

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 02:37 AM

All good advice. Keep it coming. What kind of brush would you use? By that I mean an actual brush or would you use a foam brush? I may this as MrUnix suggested. Thanks for the advice on the 400 grit. I was wondering if the 220 would be a bit course.

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