A while back I had trouble finishing a table top with Varnish over BLO
(tiny bubbles in my finish, makes me feel sad). With help from the
wreck I got it right by thinning the varnish more and applying it with
a rag instead of a brush.
Thinking back I had no trouble with the legs and apron of the table.
Aside from the size of the top compared to the size of the apron the
only difference was I was applying the finish vertically on the apron
and horizontally on the top. A quick google only leads to "less likely
to have dust problems when the piece is vertical".
How do you orient a piece when applying finish, horizontally or
Does it matter?
1. Less risk of runs
2. I can see the job better
3. My bench is horizontal ;-)
Even though there must be more exposure to airborn dust
I recently refinished a whole bunch of kitchen cabinets
with an oil based poly. I used a (Wooster) foam brush
and was most impressed with it. It's a relatively idiot
proof way to apply a nice thin and even finish, free
from brush marks and bubble problems. Yes, I did thin
the poly a little too.
Also, bear in mind that a very light sanding between
coats will ensure that imperfections from dust particles
and bubbles do not accumulate as you apply successive
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I also tried the Wooster brush on H2O based poly and it worked great.
I even took the time to rinse it out afterwards instead of throwing it
out. Worth the extra buck or two over the cheaper brushes.
Now if I could could just convince myself to stop buying cheap router
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