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I never use water based finishes. Most often I use rattle can high gloss lacquer and rub down between coats with 0000 wire wool, after which I thoroughly clean with a tack rag before spraying the final coat.
Now, with Danish oil I apply usually five coats, no rubbing down in between coats and
then apply the sixth coat and leave it to fully harden over a few days. Then, using 0000 wire wool lubricated with wax polish, preferably Johnsons, which is no longer available in Australia, I give a good rub down, the more it's rubbed the higher the gloss.

As a matter of interest, Johnsons polish is now only available in America and the cost of freight is FAR more than the cost of the polish.


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[QUOTE=Cherryville Chuck;1863546]I've read articles by some of the contributors of fine Woodworking saying that on a high dollar commission that they will often send the item out to a pro to be finished. It is that complex a task and the results from having it done right can be as important, or more important, than doing a stellar job of the build.

Google "French Polish" technique. Watched it done one time and it is what is used to get the deep mirror finish on $$$$ pianos. Been a long time so I don't remember the details other than he kept using steel wool between coats. I'm sure he used some kind of compounding agent.
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With poly it depends on the finish you are looking for. If you are looking for stain (mat) finish stop at 1200 grit wet & dry. Work you way all the way up to the final finish. If you want a high gloss then work your way up to 3000 grit wet & dry. Watch the edges as you can burn through real easy.
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