I bought a new kind of wax by Howards based on a recommendation from a friend. It is called Walnut. I compared it to the Briwax (Dark Brown) which I have have used previously. The Briwax is much darker. The Howards smells like citrus and claims to provide u.v. protection. It does seem a little more gritty, but applies smoothly.
Here is a shot with one base assembly (right) finished with the wax. The other is not (left)
After finishing the base and the underside of the top, I turned my attention to the top of the top.
I began with two coats of de-waxed shellac (Zinser Seal-Coat)
Here you can see the raw wood vs. sealed.
Watch a really boring video of me shellacing. Witness my careful maneuvers with the shellac pad. Warning: slow action.
There were two prominent sapwood streaks to deal with.
When you fume with ammonia the sapwood is not affected. I ordered a different dye from Tools for Woodworking
It is relatively close to Actual Fumed oak, though it could use a little brown. I bought a couple of other colors but have not mixed them yet. Any who. Here is the sapwood with a little dye. It is not possible to totally disguise it. I just wanted to reduce the contrast. If you add too dark a dye it will bleed into the surrounding areas. One way to deal with this is to tint all of the shellac so that the entire piece has the dye’s tone. I was not willing to alter the color of the entire table. I add the dye to a little shellac and then paint it on the sapwood. I carefully wipe the borders.
I used my stash of Minwax Wipe-On Poly for the top coat. It is a satin but still fairly Glossy. Also, you can’t get it anymore in Los Angeles County due to VOC regulations. It is easy to apply and looks nice with added protection.
After three coats of the poly I rubbed the top with steel wood and then a cloth. Finally the Walnut wax which tones down the poly and adds more brown to the top.
We have been debating the sheen of the piece. Here is the boss inspecting the table.
Project post once I get someone to help me haul it to the dining room.
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