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Old 02-11-2014, 02:37 AM
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Sounds interesting, I'll have to get some Odie's and give it a try.

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:36 AM
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The slab of cottonwood used for the bottle table/shelf was sanded to 240 with an ETS125 before one application of Odie's Oxi Oil. I let it set for an hour and rubbed it out with an old terry towel. Kissable smooth!
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:46 AM
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Follow up on this topic, is that I finally did achieve a smooth finish with the Arm-R-Seal after getting a few tips from my fellow woodworkers.

The main improvement to my technique was to dilute the initial layer 20% with mineral spirits and control the amount of finish on the wiping ball to prevent excessive finish.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:18 PM
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That's a stunning finish, Jacko. Nice job!

So you diluted your initial coat. Did you sand between coats? I've found that to be the key to getting a nice finish with the finishes I use. It takes a few more coats (usually 3-6 depending on the finish), but the end results are totally worth it!

Beautiful job!
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Beautiful!!
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:27 AM
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Wow that is pretty.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:26 PM
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Beautiful finish, Jack! How durable is that for wear, like on a bar with mugs being slid on it?
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:31 PM
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Thanks Guys,

It's been a while so I have had a chance to test the Arm-R-Seal durability and after several large dinners I don't see any marks or scratches. Part of that durability might be the extreme hardness of the wood because I used the same product on a daily use Black Walnut table and I can detect minor impressions that I can probably rub out but they are not so noticable that I can remember to do it.

While General Finishes recommends light sanding between coats, after initially trying that I gave up after one of my "re-starts". The reason being that the coating I put on being so thin because of the dilution (and the product itself) it was just too easy to sand through a layer (even with 400 or 800 grit open coat). With the rosewood it was real easy to detect sand through at low angles and it was driving me crazy so, I chose to apply the finish carefully and leave the shop for several hours.

I am trying to decide weather to use this finish or Behlem's rock hard table top finish for a large L-shaped desk I'm just finishing. The top is some wood I acquired a very long time ago (when I purchased the Brazilian Rosewood) it's Brazilian Boxwood. It's very dense and the dust is very irritating so, I have tried to eliminate most hand sanding.

I'll post pictures when I finish the project.

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Timely thread for me, just picked up a rolling kitchen cart at an estate sale this AM. The butcher block top needs refinishing so it's now all sanded and ready for coating. I'm gonna see if my local Woodcraft has that GF product
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