I have run into a finishing problem and am seeking the group's advice.
I am restoring an old stereo cabinet and on the doors I have glued
alternating strips of bookmarked veneer. The veneer in use is
mainly ash with 2 strips of 1 inch wide cocobolo for contrast.
I am using real varnish (not varathane) for the finish. The first
coat I put on was from an old can and was thinned slightly with
turpentine. The second coat was from a fresh can and not thinned.
Here is my problem: while the ash is drying fine, the cocobolo is
still quite sticky, and it has remained so for a week. I know that
cocobolo is significantly denser than ash, but IMO over a week to
dry is excessive.
The doors are currently sitting inside a heated cabinet (heated by
a 100 watt light bulb inside) in the hopes of accelerating the