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Old 06-26-2018, 09:27 PM   #1
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The counters in our trailer were a little worn looking, so we wanted to upgrade. Then we had an epiphany; our good friend Chris is a woodworker and he could make us new counters! So we called him and he actually was thrilled since he hasn't had a project in a while. We bought two sheets of 3/4 inch bamboo ($250 each - ouch, but worth it). He used the existing counters as templates and cut, routered, and sanded them for me. I get the fun part - applying finish. I'm using a water based finish and I'll put at least four coats on each piece. I'll sand between coats.
So far I'm super pleased with the results!
I'll post more photos as we get them completed an installed.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:35 PM   #2
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That's going to look really good! Please send pics after the install.
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That's going to look really good! Please send pics after the install.
Will do!
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:22 PM   #4
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That will look stunning when you're done!
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:25 PM   #5
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That will look stunning when you're done!
Thanks! I just put coat 2 on. Going to put 4 coats on top and bottom for good protection. I have the time, so why not??!!
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Awesome!!!!!!
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Why sanding?

I've never worked with wood, so I'm curious why you're sanding between the coats. Won't that take off what you just applied?


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Most finishes raise the grain a bit. Light, fine sanding between coats knocks that off, resulting in a smoother final finish.
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I've never worked with wood, so I'm curious why you're sanding between the coats. Won't that take off what you just applied?


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Water based finish causes the grain to raise. Sanding with fine grit paper takes off the raised fibers so you get a smooth finish. The finish penetrates into the wood to protect it. A varnish type of finish provides a coating over the wood, so lots of layers makes a thick finish. With bamboo (and a water based matte/satin finish) if there's a scratch, it can easily be lightly sanded and a new coat of finish applied.
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