Step 5: Apply and Buff the Finish Coats


people applying the buff and finish coats while building a ricochet game board
Photo: Wendell Weber
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Coat the door with a second application of polyurethane to seal in the numbers and lines. Once the protective coat has dried (about 4 hours), lightly rub it with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe it clean, as in Step 1. Finish with a final coat of polyurethane, but let this one dry for a full day. Then buff it with 0000 steel wool. Once you wipe it clean, it will provide a slick surface for the pucks.
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    • drill
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    Shopping List

    72x30-inch lauan hollow-core wood interior slab door

    1x4 exterior preprimed trim boards. Get three 8-foot boards.

    0000 steel wool

    220-grit sandpaper

    1x4 strapping to secure the legs to the door.

    Banquet-table replacement legs. Get a set of two.

    1 5/8-inch deck screws

    Clear-gloss polyurethane. Get 1 quart.Painter's tape

    Spray paint in black satin.

    White latex semigloss paint

    Rub-on numbers

    1-inch sewing elastic

    Ladder-lock buckles (available at sewing stores); get 2

    Wood pucks Get eight: four in one color and four in another