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Forum topic by bluejazz posted 09-22-2015 05:44 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bluejazz

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09-22-2015 05:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut finishing rustic

OK First off I didn’t make this Walnut mantle; I bought it. (I know, I am so ashamed) And now I am waiting to get it mounted. (More shame) But the real question is how to finish it. Or if I should finish it at all.

Please see the pictures. they don’t do the piece justice but it might help to take a look. I am thinking it might look better with a finish. But on the other hand the top and bottom are not going to be very visible. The only protection I see it needing is from a random water spill from a vase knocked over by our half deranged cat.

OIL?

Shellac?

Polyurethane?

Lacquer or something else?

Nothing at all?

And do you think should I put a finish on the live edge or let it be?

All opinions welcome.

Thanks in advance.

-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.


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#1 posted 09-22-2015 07:16 PM

Is that an oak piece? Will the natural edge be facing out? Is it rough or planed/sanded? Hard to tell by the pictures.
I think a penetrating oil would make the grain show better. You will be buffing it every time you drag the cat over it.

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 09:00 PM

Actually its walnut. Geez I cannot believe I left that out. Yes the natural edge with be outward facing

thanks for the input. Buffing with the cat; I like it.

-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 12:08 AM

Personally I like using natural edge. These are finished with poly; probably too shiny for a fire place but very easy to clean.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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