|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 09-09-2015 03:20 PM||864 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
09-09-2015 03:20 PM
I’m finally getting back into my second daughters hope chest build, which is being constructed from WELL seasoned Mahogany (15 year old 4/4 deck board cut offs) and I need to get my finishing method planned out.
I’m looking for that classic museum piece deluxe Mahogany finish (or as close to that as I can produce).
After reading up on the topic I plan to fill the grain with a water based wood filler and am waffling between Goodfilla brand and Timbermate brand. I’m leaning towards the Timbermate as I can get it nearby at Woodcraft, but I’m not sure whether to get their Brazilian Cherry or Mahogany tinted filler. Any advice from folks with experience with these products is much appreciated.
I’ve read that sanding beyond 180 can burnish the wood and reduce stain absorption. Any thoughts?
To get the deep red/maroon color, I’m leaning towards General Finishes water based dye stain, but am not sure which color will get me there….
I have de-waxed Shellac for sealing this (Zinsser Sealcoat) but am not sure at what stages to apply it.
and finally, I’m totally up in the air about what type of protective coat to apply. Considerations include:
1. The Hope Chest will likely not see wet glasses or food.
Any recommendations for a glass smooth topcoat?
Somehow, I thought I was going to find that “insiders” would all use a standard cookbook for finishing Mahogany, but I haven’t discovered this yet.
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