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Old 01-07-2018, 02:37 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Just saw this post so I figured I'd add my $.02 as I haven't posted in a while. I started using a dipping method similar to Les Elms method that can be found in the library. I've included a few photos, my bushing setup, the product I use and the finished product. The Cocobolo pen has sanded and leveled using a sanding sealer and then dipped twice, rotating the blanks after the first dip. Any other questions ask away, thanks
P.S. My drying setup is similar to the one in the photo above.

Bill


Looks good. Do you have any issues with the finish building up at the seam between the blank and bushing? Also how do you remove the finish from the bushing itself?

Thanks.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:30 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Check out Les Elms dipping method in the library for some photos. I sort of do the same thing with the paper towel, I just dab the blank a few times on the towel to wick off some of the poly. This allows the finish to run down off of the bushing a little better so there isn't really any buildup at the seam. I don't really get any of the finish off of the bushing, the nut won't come off, but will unscrew from the bolt so I can use it again. Eventually you'll have to get new bushings, hope this helps,

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Old 01-07-2018, 09:17 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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The temperature in my shop was about 50 degrees.
I would not finish with a poly or urethane at that temperature.
In my experience and with customers I have spoken with:
Poly and urethane cure pretty reliably and reasonably quickly at 60* or warmer
From 50-60* it will probably set-up, but take significantly longer. Twice as long or more. It may stay tacky for a bit.
Under 50* and you are begging for trouble. It may not set-up at all. I recently had someone who had finished a table with minwax poly two years ago in a cold garage and it was still tacky.

I try REALLY hard to stay above 60. I absolutely shut down if I am close to 55.
I was at about 45 the last week and considered trying some shellac, but decided best not to tempt fate.
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