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  • Colin replied to the topic 'Hall Table Project' in the forum.
    Nice work on this Glen ... I like the size of the legs and the taper your put on them, very elegant
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  • Glen replied to the topic 'Finishing a Plank (for hanging guitars)' in the forum.
    Ok then. Either a water based poly or shellac would be my go to finishes in your situation. Reason being odor. Water poly has a somewhat pleasant smell versus oil based finishes & dries fairly quickly. Shellac has the same quick dry time & a little more odor to it.

    That being said I would opt for the water based poly.
    You can clean your brushes in the sink with warm soapy water.
    If you use foam brushes you can dispose of them more safely without the threat of spontaneous combustion & fire.
    Re-coat time should only be a couple hours allowing 3-4 coats per day which will be plenty.

    I'm sure others will chime in later with their ideas. We can figure out just about anything working collectively.
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  • OoblyBoobly created a new topic ' Finishing a Plank (for hanging guitars)' in the forum.
    Hello there,

    I have got a plank which I'm planning on sanding down and then finishing in shellac or similar.

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    As I've not really got any experience, I'd like to ask for confirmation on what I plan to do as there appear to be multiple ways of doing the same thing (just to make it more complicated) :)

    I was planning on sanding it down with 60,80,120 grit till it's smooth and free of any of sideways marks (I presume from the original cutting/shaping of the plank). Then I planned to gradually increase the grit to 800 or so to try and get a super-smooth finish.

    I've got these guys:
    Shellac_and_Wax.jpg

    I had a play with the shellac on a smaller piece. It felt relatively user-friendly, but because of the teeny size of the piece, I struggled to get an 'even' finish as it had some streaks and such.

    My questions:
    - To what grit would you want to sand it down prior to finishing it?
    - The plank is relatively flat, although since I had it, it has 'lifted off' at a couple corners. How do I fix this? I have seen people apply a damp towel over and apply heat through an iron. Do you reckon for the purposes of being screwed onto a wall (battens behind a drywall), there is a need to try and flatten it, or will the action of screwing it on do it well enough?
    - The bottle of premade shellac suggests just rubbing it onto the wood. Is that the best way of doing it? How do I ensure a smooth/streekless finish? Or does a smooth finish come after polishing it?

    ... I think that's all I can think of for now. As you can tell I'm pretty clueless, so any input is welcome.

    L
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