|Forum topic by Richard Anthony Charpentier||posted 10-19-2015 12:46 AM||603 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-19-2015 12:46 AM
Hey Guys, I took up woodworking this past year as a hobby. I’ve found some success, selling a few pieces for just enough to start some new projects. Of course, being fairly new to this trade sometimes I have no idea what I’m doing! I scroll through the posts here on LJ, reading others questions, afraid of posting my own. However this problem that I’ve had on about 5 pieces I have found no answer for and pray someone here can help me.
I love burls, and making coffee tables out of them. I’ve been working with mostly Northern California “Claro” Walnut. I love the colors browns, reds; the grain pattern. All I want to do is make the grain pop just a little more before I seal it by spraying some Pre-Cat Lacquer (after wood has cured).
This is my problem, I use pure tung oil for that color pop. I usually see beautiful results on everything besides burls. When I do oil the burl, IT TURNS BLACK. Even when dry it’s dark enough that I lose out on all my wonderful colors and grains. I am forced to sand it to get even a glimpse of life from these poor pieces. Please does anyone know what my problem is, how I can fix it (Mineral Sprits?) and how I can achieve a tad bit more color without drastically darkening my piece. (Skip staining altogether and just lacquer?)
Here is some more information about my situation..
- I progressively sand up to 220 grit