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Forum topic by Phil68 posted 05-29-2015 04:55 AM 737 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2015 04:55 AM

I made this bed for my 2 year old using red oak. I found a web article from Popular woodworking that had a finish that caught my eye. The steps to achieve the finish that I liked are listed below.

1. trans tint honey amber dye
2. dewaxed shellac as a sealer coat
3. apply dark walnut gel stain as a glaze
4. dewaxed shellac as a sealer coat
5. final topcoat of my choosing

I’ve made it to step 2 in the process. The finish so far looks FANTASTIC!!! EXCEPT that the finish(as you can see in the pictures) has an orange hue to it. I love the look of the grain contrast up to this point. I’ve made samples with scraps from the bed. I’ve applied the walnut stain as a glaze on the scraps. I’m not sure if I like the look after I’ve completed the glaze. I’m tempted to stop the finishing process at this point and just add a topcoat.
Any opinions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 05:52 AM

I like the way it looks now but haven’t seen the glazed sample.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-29-2015 06:20 AM

Your work, your choice :)

Don’t pay much mind to what others think is good for a finish. If it looks good to you now and not with the darker glaze, leave it alone. I think it looks great as is… throw a coat or three of poly on there and call it a work of art.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 05-29-2015 01:01 PM

I would have just shellacked it, so you’ve already done more work than I would have. Does your 2 year old like it? He’s the customer.

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#4 posted 05-29-2015 01:04 PM

Here’s a picture of the sample walnut glaze applied. The glaze and a sealer coat of shellac is on the left side. That’s step 3 and 4. The right side is up to step 2.

This is my first attempt at the art of “finishing” my projects. Up till now, I’ve stuck with standard stain and a seal coat, or just painting my work.

The art of finishing adds SO MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES to totally screw up a piece that already has a ton of time invested!!

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#5 posted 05-29-2015 01:12 PM

You dye wood to get the color you want, the glaze/stain after the wash coat of shellac does not add color, it adds depth by only getting into the more open pores that the shellac did not totally seal. With that said, you could use a lighter colored stain so the effect is not as dramatic. IMHO.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#6 posted 05-29-2015 04:10 PM

I would probably go through with the glaze, adds a bit of interest.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 05-29-2015 04:26 PM

I like the glaze,but then I’m not a fan of the orange color that shellac gives.If you like it leave it, later if you change your mind add the glaze. As designers say live with the piece for awhile.

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