After the light sanding, I gathered some necessary items for the finish, a brush, the finish itself (I am using a satin water-based polyurethane finish by Varathane) and a container, all shown below. Not shown are some other things such as masking tape and gloves.
|Simple supplies needed for finishing|
|Cardboard to give the piece some lift.|
|Masking tape to keep the spread of the varnish under control.|
|A conveniently located freezer.|
Another fact about water-based finishes is that they easily become bubbly. Thus, I cannot shake the can, or stir very vigorously. It also means that it is not a good idea to wipe it on with a cloth or roller. So as shown below, I give the varnish a gentle stir, and start brushing it on.
|Stir gently and apply with brush.|
Both shelves of my workbench,
|Can you find all of the pieces?|
To do the final finishing, I used 600 grit sandpaper on the ROS and then finished with steel wool (#0000, the finest available) which gave the piece a nice satin finish. I found out near the end, that I should have started with 400 grit, followed by 600, but in the end all pieces ended up looking quite nice. With the conclusion of this step, the closet organizer can finally be assembled. I will talk about the steps leading to this next post.
Once again, thanks for your continued interest in my various activities involving wood!