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Forum topic by bracco posted 12-29-2015 05:46 PM 317 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2015 05:46 PM

Im building a rustic mantle out of some old 6×6 beams from old cotton gin. And im curious as to what anyone would recommend as far as a finish to put on it to keep it natural yet finished enough to wipe it down from dust and such. Boiled linseed seems to be too dark to use and howards conditioner and orange oil is dark. And I dont particular want a real glossy finish such as poly. So im up for any suggestions. The mantle will still have the old rough sawn marks on it as well. So i would need it to spread somewhat easily.

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 06:16 PM

I would recommend not adding any finish at all. I had an unfinished rough sawn mantle on my stone fireplace for 30+ years and never had any issue with dust. An occasional cleanup with the hose attachment on the vacuum cleaner was all it ever got and that was probably less than once a year. Any dust just doesn’t show on the rough surface.

When we remodeled the room and installed maple flooring we covered the mantle with a “cap” of maple to match the floor. The original barn beam is still in place should anyone ever wish to return to the more rustic look.

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 06:29 PM

Thin some real satin poly (none of this green stuff) 50%-50% with mineral spirits and give it one coat.


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#3 posted 12-29-2015 07:04 PM

Thank you for your replies so far!

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