Nov 262007
 

It took only a few hours, but it was spread out over nearly two weeks – but the cabinet face frames and drawers are finally “finished”. The drawers got two coats of a thin shellac (marketed as a sanding sealer) and the face frames got one coat of the Java gel stain, two coats of the shellac (this time used as a sanding sealer), and three coats of oil based polyurethane. I sanded or scoured lightly between each coat, and wiped it down with a tack cloth, and the extra care paid off, the finish is very smooth, and there is no dust or grit anywhere. The java stain was tricky as it dried quite quickly, I didn’t remove it quite fast enough on my first attempt – so I had to go back and wipe some off with a rag dampened with mineral spirits. The shellac dried extremely quickly (sandable in only 45 minutes) so I had to work quickly with that. The poly though was a dream to work with. I had plenty of working time, and it went on smooth and quickly leveled itself out – nice product. Thanks to the guys at my local Rockler for the tips, as well as Bob Flexner, author of Understanding Wood Finishing. More pics when the doors and drawer fronts are ready…

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