so, i’ve made my first couple of hard wood boxes (along with a whole pile of simple boxes with BB). i think my finishing still needs some perfection, but i’m not a woodworker and never have done this kind of work before, so i’m reaching out to see what other people are doing.
first thing i discovered: do your sanding before assembly if you don’t want to lose your contrast fingers. seems obvious, but i thought i could light sand enough to avoid, but the reality is i needed too much sanding to get away with that.
in fact, my plan for the next box (80th birthday present for my uncle made out of some really nice 1/4" crotch figured walnut) will be sanding before cutting down to about 220, i think. then just a light 400ish sand after cutting and before assembly. and hopefully no more sanding except between finish layers (depending on the finish).
first box i did out of 1/4" walnut, i used danish oil. left on one coat too long and it got a little gummy (distraction: bad). real PITA to sand that layer out of it.
so what is everyone else using to finish out their hardwood (or plywood) boxes? and what’s your process for sanding? what are you using to seal/finish after you assemble and what’s your process for that? what has good ROI for finish work?
i have my file set up for my uncle’s present. plan on sanding the raw wood tomorrow night and maybe cutting Wednesday or Thursday. which leave me this weekend and next week to finish before we leave the Sat before thanksgiving. so thoughts/advice would be welcome.