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12-09-2015 03:21 PM

So i have some Walnut that i might have gone a bit nuts with and sanded up to 1500 wet (80>100>120>150>220>320>500>800>1000>1500). I’m worried now that the wood isn’t going to absorb the Watco. the Plan was to Shellac it then apply the watco on bowls, just like in my tests, however i wanted to ask for some advice first.
Should i re-sand the Bowls to 220, like i did on my test and then shellac and Watco?
How would you guys handle this?
Inquiring minds want to know!!!
thanks!

-Chris

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#1 posted 12-09-2015 03:49 PM

Good morning Chris,

I have used shellac on porous woods as a sanding sealer. I would expect the shellac would definitely inhibit Watco’s ability to penetrate. I like the looks of a Watco finish. I don’t think you need the shellac. But I am old school and set in my ways. My rule of thumb is if you use a surface sealer as a finish….stick with it. If you use a penetrating oil, stay with it. I have used a surface sealant on vessels treated with Watco, after the Watco has had 30 days to set up. Keep experimenting and you’ll come up with varying techniques for different effects, and develop your favorites. I have a friend who uses 2 coats of Watco, allowing a couple of weeks for the oils to firm up in the bowl, then uses an English shellac/wax combination friction polish made by “Mylands” for effect (glossy…the more used the glossier the topcoat) Every turner has their own favorite finishes. Keep experimenting ! don s.

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 03:58 PM

Here what it looks like now , the wood was just wiped down to removw dust

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 03:59 PM

This is what it looked like dry.

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 04:05 PM

I wish these were turned and i had the option to friction polish them, however these are scroll saw cut bowls, sanded by ROS and drum sanders to 220 and the rest by hand.

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 04:56 PM

The finer grit you finish with the less color will penetrate the wood. This is a subtle difference though. I don’t usually notice the difference with lighter colors, but darker finishes like the Walnut Watco you will.
I think the effect is further minimized when using walnut wood… it is always going to look like walnut. Versus oak sanded to 1500 grit would stain very differently than oak sanded to 150.

Check it again on some samples and see if the particular color of Watco you are using will give you the desired finish on walnut.

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#6 posted 12-10-2015 01:55 AM

I would finish that with rubbed on shellac from the Big Box store mixed 1:1 with denatured alcohol.

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