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Re: Finishing
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Joe in a Cleveland suburb
Tom, aren't you in NE Ohio? Can you share your lumber source?

I'm no expert for sure, I always need the help of the folks here, but when I made the below table, I used (best I can recall) Tran-Tint water based Early American Maple, sanded, then (I think) BLO, followed by oil based poly of some sort.

I sometimes wish I used water based finish and no BLO. It's yellowed a lot. I think that wouldn't have happened as much if I used water based.

With Curly Maple and finishing, I often refer to the article by Jeff Jewitt in FWW #135–Mar/April 1999 Issue.

Before the board goes through the planer I mist it with water. Helps with tear-out. I used to use paint thinner then someone here suggested that wasn't a great idea.

After the planer I just use planes as Hank suggested. I probably also used a card scraper where needed.





I think this clock was the same as the table except a different color of Trans-Tint. Also, the final finish was shellac which I recall Mr. William Duffield helped me a lot with.

Good luck. Show us some pictures.

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