Simple box-curly maple, zebra wood, and walnut. Finished.

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Forum topic by SG6578 posted 03-12-2015 05:51 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2015 05:51 PM

I posted some pictures a few weeks back of a curly maple, walnut, and zebrawood box that I made. The base is a single piece of 12/4 walnut.

I ended up going with a single wiped on coat of Minwax natural clear oil stain (208) let it sit a half hour and wiped off. Then let dry for 48 hours.

Applied approximately 5 coats of Minwax spray bomb fast dry gloss poly let dry 24 hours between coats and went over it with some fine steel wool after the 4th coat. Hit it with the 5th coat and let sit a week to completely cure.

Things I learned:

Air bubbles are a constant problem with these spray bomb cans especially when you need to tilt them slightly to spray in hard to reach areas. I’m going to try either brushing on, or use a compressor/spray gun in the next few projects. . Granted, I did use a gloss finish so every imperfection is apparent.

Zebrawood doesn’t like a thin finish. The coarse, open grains draw your finish in causing dimples across the surface. This is my first time dealing with the stuff so I will have to take that into consideration from now on.

When routing an island on a lid make sure you compensate for the thickness of a finish when considering the fit. The lid is pretty tight. I will allow about 1/16th per side next time.

Had to turn off the flash on my camera for the first picture as the glare was too much.

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 09:30 PM

Try using a grain filler on the Zebawood prior to finishing next time.

Nice looking box.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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