Sunday, March 16, 2014

How to Seal a Coffee Tray - Part 2 of 6 - Oil Seal Coat

Fig.1 Minwax®
Wood Finish-Walnut
By Gary Boutin

Part and Supplies:
Minwax® Wood Finish-Walnut
Paper tarp
Paint can opener
Paint Stick
Lacquer paint brush 1-1/2 inch

We received a Walnut coffee tray for Christmas. It was perfect, made of good quality wood with handles and it worked perfectly to keep all our condiments together. The tray wasn't sealed it had a light color and a light layer of varnish on it. We wanted to last longer and sealed to protect the tray for many more year of service.

This post shows the eight steps on how to stain and seal the the wood tray. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the Minwax® Wood Walnut Finish that will be used to stain and give the tray a light protective seal.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the Minwax® Wood Walnut Finish, paint can opener and a lacquer paint brush.  

Fig.2 Sealer and brush
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the unstained and unsealed tray.
Fig.3 Wood tray
Step 4: Fig.4 and fig.5 shows a paint stick slowly stir the sealer, try your best not to get any bubbles. Air bubbles will ruin the finish and then the wood will need to be sanded.
Fig.4 Mixing the sealer
Fig.5 Mixing the walnut seal
Step 5: Fig.6 shows that during the job if you need to take a break place the wet brush into a glove or a plastic bag. Keeping the brush wet will make it easier to return and finish the the walnut seal.
Fig.6 Lacquer brush
Step 6: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows the progression of the first pass of the walnut sealer.
Fig.7 Applying 
sealer strokes
Fig.8 Halfway
Step 7: Fig.9 and fig.10 shows the apply the wood sides and handles. Remember to get inside the handles too.

Fig.9 Finished bottom
Fig.10 Do the edges
Step 8: Fig.11, fig.12 and fig.13 shows the sealer has completely covered the coffee tray. Now the next step will be the application of several layers of polyurethane to the tray.
Fig.11 This job is done
Fig.12 Tray is completed
Fig.13 All finished

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