The luxury of finely sanded figured walnut

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Project by Studiophone posted 11-14-2017 04:48 AM 1747 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across this on the walnut bed project for the first time, that of the feel of figured walnut sanded to 400+ grit. The touch goes straight to your spine and warms the whole body. I know I know, pretty dramatic. It’s a magical thing that disappears as soon as you put a finish on it. Such a trade off. On one hand it feels like magic but looks pretty plain and has no protection vs- feels like ordinary finish (could be any hard wood) looks great, really pops and has great protection… I wish we could have both. Since this is a mouse pad and I’m going to be touching it a lot. I tried for a middle ground leaning towards unfinished. This was finished with hand sanded 600 grit then one coat wipe on/off waterlox, dried 24 hr then hand sanded with 600 ever so lightly to soften it a little. That’s it. And it’s about 60-70% of that magic feel. Not bad I guess. Anyone have any tips of getting closer to that magic feel and still protect the wood? I’d love to know..

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#1 posted 11-14-2017 05:21 AM

That is an awesome piece of black walnut.

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#2 posted 11-14-2017 07:51 AM

Gorgeous. Not sure exactly what you are getting at, because I’ll take oil on fig. walnut ALL DAY LONG over sanded walnut or even BUFFED/POLISHED only walnut. The oil will make it pop. I use a proprietary mixture of 3 recipes (Basically a danish oil) and do 3 coats of each a day apart. Super tough finish, highest and best use of the lumber, and easy to touchup. Maybe a final buff with carnauba wax for some sheen.

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#3 posted 11-14-2017 12:35 PM

I know Exactly what you mean. My finger tips have always told me more than my eyes. Nice Piece.

-- TomB

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#4 posted 11-14-2017 02:47 PM

Very nice looking piece and I know exactly what you mean about the feel of wood.. I have moved to pure tung oil recently. Many coats, each rubbed in with rottentone/tripoli. It produces a nice finish that still feels like wood and provides a decent amount of protection.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 11-14-2017 04:09 PM

An oil and beeswax mix always gives me that warm feeling.

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 05:41 PM

This is a very nice piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 11:43 PM

Beautiful, and I know what you are talking about with walnut, although I don’t have to go to 400 grit to experience that sensation. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 11-15-2017 03:36 AM

I’ll test these suggestions out, thanks.

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