I am finishing my classic tool chest today. More like a jewlery box than "tool chest".
The carcase is flat sawn and quarter sawn Cherry. The drawers are birdseye maple.
I have applied 10 coats of thinned 50% with naptha, poly - applied with a neatly folded rag. NO brush strokes - eh!
I sanded the top "glass-flat" after 4 coats with 350. I again sanded the top after 8 coats to be flat.
After the last coat(#10) I again sanded the top with 400 then 600 then 1000 then buffed with pumice.
Now - I usually use Butchers Paste wax, but after reading a magazine article in which they said that Johnsons and Butchers are not really "furniture" grade waxes, I wanted to try something new. The article said Johnson's and Butchers are really floor waxes. There was more to the story, but that is it in a nutshell.
Sooo - I got a bucket of BriWax!!
I think I applied it wrong! It was REALLY really hard to buff it out and left tiny nibs all over the top. I know I put it on too thick. I used a razor blade, extremely lightly like a scraper to scrape them off (did not scratch). There were also smudges.
I got it all buffed out but man what a job that was. I went over it with Butchers afterwards and buffed it out real nice.
The top is now beautifully FLAT and with a beautiful sheen to it. I have acheived what I set out to do.
OK ok -- there IS a question in all of this.
BriWax --> Does anyone use it?
How do you get nice results with it?
Does anyone have any comparisons between BriWax and Johnsons of Butchers paste wax?
I know the different waxes are differant formulations.