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    • im going to put the first coat of finish on this pretty big island tonight. It is 6' wide and 7' long. I dont think ive finished something so wide/deep before, so im wondering if people do anything different with such a large area? I was able to reach the middle well enough while sanding, but im concerned about reaching it well to get a consistent brush stroke and not putting my crotch/stomach into the finish i already applied. Is this something best suited to spraying, or can you apply a wiping varnish over this surface effectively? Im 5'-10, so i dont have the wing span of some other members.
    • Hey Mr Cooper,I used a gouge then a file.Then a goose neck scraper.And finally sandpaper wrapped around the file. The inside parts of the lid were finished before I glued it up.The outside was shaped later. Thanks to everyone for your nice comments dispite my poor photography.   Aj
    • I'm assuming you tried it, but on the tools for working wood site, there's this note about those holdfasts: Note: we have discovered that while the holdfasts work great they will work even better and in more benches if you just rub a little 150 or 220 sandpaper around the stems (not up and down, round and round) It'd be worth a try. It's a lot easier than having to counterbore all of your holes or thinning down the top.
    • Beautiful job AJ. How did you do the concave on the lid sides?
    • If I didn't own one that he re-furbished, I'd question this one. Great job Rick!
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