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Dchip

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1752 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip question walnut finishing

The project is a child’s chair. The back is a bear face, so I would like to accenuate the brown in the walnut with some sort of penetrating oil. However, since it it a child’s chair, I would like to have shellac as the final finish to seal it with a completely non-toxic finish (I don’t really want to go into how all finishes are non-toxic once cured). Will the shellac itself give a darker look to the wood? Can shellac go over oil or oil mixes. I was thinking of using Danish oil, allowing for a week long cure, then shellac on top, but have little experience with these finishes and would like some input. Thanks.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com


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Mario

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#1 posted 1752 days ago

I use Boiled Linseed oil (2 day dry) followed by 6-8 coats of shellac and then a bit of furniture polish to complete.

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Timberwerks

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#2 posted 1752 days ago

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Dchip

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#3 posted 1752 days ago

Thanks for the input.

Mario – How do you apply the BLO? I’ve ready things such as using sandpaper to create a sort of paste, though this seemed a bit more than I was looking for. Is it a straight wipe on wipe off?

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1752 days ago

Dan, you simply wipe the BLO on, let is sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe the excess off with a clean cloth or paper towel. Putting it on in manner you are describing is the route you would go with a open pore wood such as oak if you wanted to put a mirror sheen on the wood. This is something that I would not do with a piece that is being constructed for a chlild’s use.

In this case danish oil will work just as well. It is a mixture of BLO, varnish and mineral spirits. But an a;;ication of sanish oil or blo will darken the wood a bit. I would recommend developing a “story pole” of your finishing routine on scrap material showing each step and material used in the finishing process before launching your finishing routine on your project.

As far as the shellac giving the walnut a darker look that all depends on the shellac. It runs the gamut from blond or platinum, which are nearly colorless, to ruby or garnet which will give the wood an amber tone. But shellac can be applied over any undercoat once it has cured.

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Dchip

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#5 posted 1752 days ago

Thank you Scott, your info is a big help.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1752 days ago

Does the BLO sort of fill the grain of oak and walnut?

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1752 days ago

I have used Watco and shellac in the past . If your concerned about darkening use blond shellac one of the options Scott mentioned.

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