I spent a little time this weekend sanding the sharp corners off my carcass and drawers then prepared my sanding station to go into the finishing stage. One thing I wanted to do is hide the blonde plywood that would show in the corners. The case has square corners but the rubber mat has slightly rounded corners. I wanted to de-emphasize the blonde plywood by painting them black. I might have some black paint around but I decided to use a rattle can my wife had for basing miniatures. To prepare for that I masked off the white oak with some painters tape.
I apparently didn't get any pictures of the station with the tape before I painted the corners. Sure, it is a little messy. Yes, I didn't cover the entire thing. There is going to be a rubber mat covering the top. It'll be fine.
I've moved the sharpening station into the finishing process. I've lost my finishing-room as we've converted it back to an office for my wife during Covid. Since my plan from the beginning was to use water based polyurethane which smells a lot less than oil based and isn't explosive I moved the cart to the back of my basement - near the furnace - which is less dusty than my workshop. That wall behind the cart is actually the back of my workshop.
After giving the spray paint a day to dry I applied the first coat of water based polyurethane.
I have a love-hate relationship with water based polyurethane. It has its benefits over my normal oil based polyurethane:
- It smells less (fewer VOCs)
- It doesn't carry a risk of fire
- It's clear
- Dries quickly enough for several coats a day
- It adds a warm look to the wood
- It doesn't raise the grain
- It's thin enough it self levels so I don't have to worry as much about drips, runs, or sags
- I have plenty of open time to move it around to get good coverage
- Dries quick enough for a couple coats a day
- Can be applied with a disposable rag