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.
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.