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    bblackwell
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      During one of the Woodworking Design Special Interest Group (WDSIG) meetings, one participant asked another to share their experience with using Bartley gel varnish. This discussion led to a third participant sharing their experiences with this product. It was agreed that participants 2 and 3 should each create a one page document with their recommendations. Eventually another AWA member with Bartley experience was asked to contribute. All three contributions are included and there are slight differences between them. Rather than try to get everyone to agree on a single procedure, it was decided to keep the three (slightly) different approaches separate because there is not single best way. If you have questions, contact Ben Blackwell (bblackwell13@comcast.net), Rich Lehoucq (rblehoucq@gmail.com), or Charlie Palmer (chpalmer234@gmail.com).

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      On the example photos Charlie had on the PDF, was semi-gloss or satin used?  Or if not what was used?

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      cpalmer
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        Regarding the varnish that I used on the chest in the photo:

        I used Bartley Clear Coat Gel Varnish.  You can read about the Bartley products here:

        http://www.lawrence-mcfadden.com/Bartley%20Brochure-LoRes.pdf

        The Clear Coat Gel Varnish does not have a “gloss” rating (i.e, flat – satin – semigloss – gloss).  If you use only a couple of coats, you’ll get a dull finish, very much like an oil finish.  As you apply more coats, it will approach a satin finish, as in the two photographs in my portion of the PDF.  With a close grained wood such as maple or cherry, six coats will give you the lustrous satin finish.  For open grained woods like rosewood or walnut, you’ll need more coats; in the photo of the rosewood chest, I had 15 coats.

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