by Gary Honis
My woodworking skills are not
the best. An observing friend of mine, Nick Zaller built his own
dobsonian telescope and its wood has a polished furniture finish.
My main objective was to build something functional and that would
be protected from the elements and from banging around in transport.
Nick's suggestion to get a good finish between coats of urethane
is to use fine steel wool. There's probably more to it than that,
but it worked well for me.
1. I applied one coat of the oak
color Minwax Wood Finish to the ground board and chair base and
2. I then applied four coats of
the Helmsman Spar Urethane with sanding between coats using fine
steel wool. I let the urethane dry well between coats before sanding.
3. I painted the metal conduit
pipes and hardware of the binocular mount with white enamel spray
paint to match the white frame of my reclining chair.
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