Here’s an EASY SATIN LACQUER FINISH on a Hexagon Wine Rack

Hey Guys what’s going on I’m Mark from Woodworkers Source. First, great to see you again. Second, I’m jazzed to show you this sweet little project that we just made. Let me show you. So this is a Hexagon shaped wine bottle rack made out of a cool and unusual wood called Granadillo. Plus it’s got a little sweet accent with bamboo So this wood is gorgeous with graceful hints of purplish red, but it’s still anchored in an earthy Brown That’s not too boring either and basically this is a modern alternative to rosewood. Now. Why does that matter? Well, basically all 300 species of Rosewoods are protected and worldwide So first that makes them hard to get and second that makes them expensive when you can get them Fortunately Granadillo is the answer to those woes. It’s got that luxurious Appearance of fine rosewood, but it comes from certified sustainable sources Which is pretty cool.
To get this buttery smooth nice satin finish I used two things a sealer coat of dewaxed shellac And then three coats of satin spray lacquer. Any good finish starts off with smooth clean surfaces and nice tidy joints So that’s where I’m going to start with this project so for our purposes here just know I Sanded the inside of the parts right before assembly and that made a lot more sense to me than trying to sand the inside surfaces After this is glued up because it’s just kind of tough to get in there So just know that’s where we’re kicking this off at. Now, after it’s all assembled I start by doing the little hand planing a little hand scraping and of course a bunch of sanding to get this thing nice and smooth So there’s really a whole bunch of ways you can apply this. Let me show you real quick What I like to do. I use an off-the-shelf canned version of De-waxed shellac This is called seal coat, it’s made by Zinsser You can get it a lot of different places. I thin it down by about 25% with denatured alcohol which is the solvent that cuts this and then I actually add a little kiss of mineral oil. What that does is help makes The whole mixture a little slick and that helps prevent a lot of streaks as I apply this to my project It’s pretty coo. I take a couple of cotton rags and I make a pad like this I’m gonna take one rag and soak it in there really good. This kind of acts as like the gas tank for the pad Watch this drop that in there And I fold this baby up maybe give it a twist. And now that makes a really nice pad If I need a little more shellac as I go along. I just give it a squeeze So the cotton pad works best on all the big areas, but when it comes to the little tight spaces and the reveals and the details You’ve really got to switch to a good old-fashioned brush Check out how nice the pad works on the larger areas now Even if I get a run here and there the pad really helps fix those on the fly Now you do a light scuffing with a synthetic finishing pad You don’t have to put in a lot of energy This is part of the beauty of thinning down Shellac. It sands super smooth and really fast even if I still have some runs or streaks the finishing pad really takes him right out Then you clean up all the dust and we’re ready to shoot some lacquer So why spray lacquer? Well, the reasons are many and they’re kind of subtle Spraying is probably the most efficient way to finish a project That’s got a lot of corners and a lot of details So why lacquer? Well, it’s fast. And then this kind of project doesn’t require any special Considerations. I’m not going to eat off of it. Nt going to use it outside. It doesn’t need to be all that scratch resistant Yeah, it doesn’t demand any special protection that lacquer really can’t handle Now the techniques the shooting aerosol lacquer are pretty simple But they might not be too obvious to you if you’ve never done before. First, get yourself one of these from the paint store just a spray trigger that attaches right to the Top of the can. It’s gonna make your life a lot easier. Second, Try your best to keep the spray a consistent distance from the surface There’s always a sweet spot at which you’re not too close and you’re not too far. If you’re too close You’re gonna get some runs and if you’re too far away You’re gonna get it kind of a bumpy or rough finish. Third if you’re using the deft brand of lacquer pay attention to the nozzle. It’s got kind of a sweet little secret You can rotate it to orient the fan for either vertical shooting or horizontal shooting Now the first coat just needs to dry for at least 30 minutes and then I scuff it down again with a Finishing pad just to knock down the imperfections Then I’m going to repeat with two more coats and scuffing but actually leave that last coat alone for a couple of days before doing the Final scuffing. I just want that to harden up really well before handling too much with my hands


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