Desk rebuild #6: Finish Applied

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Blog entry by Ben posted 09-28-2009 06:40 AM 1384 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I now have my first experience with Waterlox finish, and am reasonably happy with the results. I brushed it on, but eventually gave up and shifted to a rag. It is a bit unforgiving with drips and streaks, but I think I fixed a few bad layers with some sandpaper. Only time will tell if it will be durable enough to protect from scratches.

One question remains – what type of wood comprises this desk? This desk was once in the Swedish embassy (40-50 years ago), and had since been painted white. Based on some unpainted areas underneath the tabletop, I have surmised that I probably have mahogany here. That being said, I am up for ideas. The wood is relatively soft, and the pre-sanded version had a much deeper color to it, indicating that this will likely darken with time.

Finish applied

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 07:06 AM

Sure it isn’t cherry?

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 07:39 AM

Well, I’m not sure that it isn’t cherry. I think the pictures give it a little bit more of a cherry feel that it has in real life – but that being said I’m going to have to stare at this desk and some other cherry pieces I have around the house and think about it for a few days.

Thanks for the thought.

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 02:58 PM

Excellent finish. Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 03:35 PM

Like the finish. Which WaterLox products did you use?

Looked over the whole project. That is a remarkable transformation of that old white desk. Took some vision to produce this beauty…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 05:40 PM

If you’re still around, do you have any comments on the durability of the finish after almost 3 years?

-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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