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  1. The bench shoe rack is glued up with a coat of finish on it now. Pretty happy with it! Thanks for the finishing advice. If only I had better lighting for pictures..
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  2. Hope you all had a great 4th of July.
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  3. That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen made out of wood. Crowning Achievement
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  4. Here is the piece I have been working on these last few weeks. (Thanks again to those who helped me with a couple of urgent matters that arose). I have a few name ideas I'm considering, but haven't settled on one yet. I plan to take this to the American Association of Woodturners meeting later this month, so I have a little time on that. Technique is the same as I have described before, although this time I cut back the sides to slim the pillars and accentuate the shape.
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  5. Well, I've settled on a name so I changed the thread title. I've decided to call it: "Reign"
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  6. We had a great 4th and Maggie had a great 12th birthday!
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  7. Coop, the underside of the slab never had any problems. The poly on the top side was obviously ruined, so I used a card scraper mounted on a handle to take it off, followed by sanding up from 80 grit to 220 with the ROS. The color penetration was deep enough that I only needed to touch up a couple of spots that wore through. After the last of the lye had dried, I took a pass with 320 grit before starting the clear coats.
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  8. I did scrape and sand away all the bad poly. I also reapplied the lye to re-color some areas that sanded through during the process. I then neutralized any remaining lye with a wash of vinegar & water. Allowed to dry for 48 hours before continuing. I also kept the AC on in my work space to limit humidity changes. No signs of failure so far. Piece looks good after 2 coats, but I'm going for 5 as it is a high-wear surface.
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  9. For the benefit of future readers, here is a paper that discusses the chemical coloration process: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://emgw.org/Resources/Documents/Papers%20and%20Articles/ChemicalStains.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwizkPCc4ZzjAhWHZM0KHbMrC_cQFjAKegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw2vwmyj0gDndAg2fpatpNsf
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  10. Now ya gotta split it. Lose my #
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  11. Nicely done. Love the flowing lines.
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  12. Dry fit went well and I've already got half the parts glued up and prefinished. Hoping to do the final assembly tomorrow. It's made of walnut (that i bought for dirt cheap on Fb marketplace. That is the greatest way to buy anything used these days). The dowels or spindles I made of maple. I'm pretty excited! It's an awful fancy shoe rack!
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  13. I'd use a bandsaw with as thin of blade as you can get. I'd make the cut with a resaw king blade not clean up either side and glue it back together and i'd bet you'd have a hard time finding the sea. Board selection is critical as well. Some grain patterns no matter the thickness the material removed will look disrupted.
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  14. General rule of thumb on curing finishes; when it stops smelling it is done curing. I tend to go by feel and smell. If it feels bone-dry and I have to nearly touch it with my nose to smell it, its ready. Depending on how the finish was applied this can be a week or a month. Early on I used to flood oils during the first coat. This led to month long curing times. I have since backed off on the quantity initially applied and add Japan drier when the humidity is high.
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  15. You and I live in similar climates. I did a danish oil and clear coat finish last year. I took three pieces of scraps from the project and put danish oil on them, then at three, five and seven days I tested the finish on top of the oil. Three days was to soon I got orange peel texture on my sample. If I really had to I could of sprayed after 5 but I was much happier with 7 day. But this doesn't mean that it will work in exactly the same way for you. I would suggest you do test samples yourself, but this should give you some idea of what you are up against.
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