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#1 posted 08-06-2011 06:50 PM

Poly (as well as all film finishes) has one purpose…protection. I would never look for my film finish to draw out beauty from the wood, though anything wet will, at least marginally, bring out the figure. But if you really want it to pop, then I’d do like cr1 suggested and use an oil.

If the wood is colored with dye (see Trifern), then it gets more complicated…but in that case I would wipe on a dye-colored dewaxed shellac and then maybe choose a finish that will give the appropriate sheen. But if it’s a vase or bowl or something, then I would only apply a single coat of it…if at all.

Watco Danish oil, or a homemade blend that adds poly to it, would be my choice for that type of a situation if I’m not changing color with a dye.

-- jay,

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