Wax on, Wax off

Wonder how many reading this will either be too old, or too young to really get the reference?!

I’ve applied another couple of layers (now up to 3), with a steel wool rubdown between 2 and 3

If you’ve been woodworking for a while, you would have heard about 0000 steel wool (and the other 000, 00, 0 etc grades). They are not a license to kill – they are a license to finish.

Steel Wool

There is steel wool that you use to clean the dishes, and then there is steel wool with specific grades, from #4 #3 #2 #1 #0 #00 #000 #0000 in order of increasing fineness.  I haven’t been able to determine a decent correlation between steel wool grades and grit sizes, but #0000 is around 1500 – 2000 grit from what I can determine.  It works well in this sort of situation, smoothing and removing excess buildup, where sandpaper would clog easily.

You have to be careful disposing of it when it has been saturated with oils, as the wire is so fine it burns easily, so place into a container of water to dispose of it.  (Better yet, add some dishwashing liquid which will help breakdown the oil)

Steel wool is also used to polish metals, but don’t use the fine stuff for doing your dishes – you’ll be there for a while!

After 1st Application

After 3 Coats

Detail

Watching the layers build.  I won’t do another layer tonight – the weather has not been particularly helpful, so another day for the oil to be absorbed will not hurt.

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