The first step was to dye to mahogany frame components of the tops. As I indicated in my last post I found the GF light brown dye stain gave the look I wanted. I dyed them using a towel and obviously had to be careful not to get the dye on the veneered centre panel. Having the 1/8” ebony inlay as a buffer was key. I would apply the dye stain with one towel and then wipe it down with a clean one. It took a bit of work not to have overlap marks on each corner but the GF line of dye stains justly earn their reputation for being easy to work with. When done each piece looked like this.
Once the dye stain was dry, it was for the big reveal which to finally apply the Arm-R-Seal and bring out the beauty of that burl. The results below speak for themselves. I applied about 4 coats of gloss and then two coats of satin. Applying Arm-R-Seal is very simple, almost idiot-proof. I applied the first coat with a foam brush and did all the subsequent coats by wiping them on with a towel.
Top #1 – a very erratic burl pattern
Top #2 – a wonderful large even burl pattern
I couldn’t have been happier.