|Forum topic by Mauritius||posted 07-30-2009 10:23 PM||1144 views||1 time favorited||5 replies|
07-30-2009 10:23 PM
I’m in the process of finishing my first couple boxes, technically valet boxes, one for myself and one for my dad’s birthday. I have a couple questions that I’ve researched but haven’t found satisfactory answers.
First, a bit of history: I’ve decided to go with a danish oil finish, I’m two coats in as we speak. The plan is to add a third and then wax it. I’m on a bit of a time crunch, I have about six days to wrap this up, I’ll be gone for three of those and I need a day for final assembly. To make matters worse, this is all totally new to me!
1. Should I let the danish oil cure for a few days before applying the wax? I’ve read this is important for other top coats, but I’m not sure about the wax. Also, should I 0000 steel sand the last coat before applying the wax?
2. My box has a good bit of cherry in it, and I’ve noticed the danish oil tends to make it pretty blotchy. I read that a sanding with 0000 steel wool will help, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference. Did I do something wrong? Or is there another solution to this problem? It definitely seems like it’s the wood and not a mistake I made when applying the oil…
3. I was planning on flocking the inside of the boxes, I placed an order with Woodcraft, although due to a mishap with Fedex the flocking was delivered to the wrong address (and still isn’t here) so I went ahead and oiled the inside of the box. Do you normally finish the inside of something that is to be flocked? Can flocking adhere to the oil after it’s cured for a few days or should I sand it down a bit?... assuming the flocking gets here.
4. And finally, it’s 8 bajillion degrees outside (I can say bajillion because I live near Seattle, anything over 75 = a bajillion) – will this mess with the wax drying at all? I’m a bit concerned that it may not dry if it sits in my un-airconditioned house at 95 degrees. Clapham’s beeswax polish is what I have, if that helps. I suppose I should do a test run first and answer my own question ;)
Thanks for your time & help!