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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 06-10-2015 07:04 PM 567 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BalsaWood

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06-10-2015 07:04 PM

What would be the best finish for a kitchen table made out of Santos Mahogany? I would like the grain to “pop” but also need it to be very durable. A satin to semi-gloss look would be another requirement.


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Chris208

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 07:10 PM

I can’t help with your finish question, but maybe you can help me?

What does santos mahogany smell like when you cut it? I have a couple of boards that I bought off of craigslist that have Bubinga written on them, but the guy I bought them from said they were santos mahogany.

they smell kinda like cinnamon when I used a hand plane on them.

Trying to figure out what they are.

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Earlextech

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 07:14 PM

My favorite for kitchen tabletops – http://aquacoat.com/collections/products/products/tabletop-commercial-finish-self-cross-linking

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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Bill White

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 07:46 PM

Start off with a gloss finish of your choice. That will help add depth to the grain. Either rub out the gloss with OOOO Steel wool and wax, or add a couple of coats of satin or semi-gloss to complete.
A poly finish will give you more resistance to wear.
Pre prep is very important to any good finish. Be sure to lightly scuff sand between coats to get proper bonding and reduction of dust nibs.
Bill

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BalsaWood

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 08:27 PM

I can t help with your finish question, but maybe you can help me?

What does santos mahogany smell like when you cut it? I have a couple of boards that I bought off of craigslist that have Bubinga written on them, but the guy I bought them from said they were santos mahogany.

they smell kinda like cinnamon when I used a hand plane on them.

Trying to figure out what they are.

- Chris208

I was wearing a respirator and had a ton of airflow while working with it but the slight smell I got was kind of a cinnamon\spicy scent. I have some leftover rough Bubinga boards in storage and a couple of them look very very similar to Santos Mahogany. Both woods have some overlap in the way they look as rough lumber. There is more of a difference once they are finished.

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