Finishing an exotic wood humidor

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Forum topic by trick posted 02-16-2010 07:23 PM 1369 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2010 07:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question how to exotic woods humidor finishing

I am currently working on an exotic wood, Monterillo and Canary, humidor. In my minds eye, I see it with a gloss or maybe high gloss finish. First question, any problems with that? and an esthetics or practical manner? 2ND question, I’m thinking from reading other posts of a similar line, 6 to 8 coats of a hand rubbed poly, sanding between each coat with 400. Is this right? or the best option? Also I have yet to complete the spanish cedar insert / lining, should I wait until that is completed to finish the outside? Any and all input is welcome and appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 08:21 AM

I’ve never heard of Monterillo so I can’t give advice there but I have worked with Canary wood (I’ll be posting a keepsake box that I’m almost finished with soon). Canary wood isn’t nearly as hard and dense or as oily as a lot of exotics tend to be. It’s real easy to finish so you should be fine with whatever kind of finish you want. For a humidor, like anything that would hold food, you want a finish that isn’t going to have a smell to it and has excellent protection agasint moisture. Polyurethane will give you both. I’ve never used hand-rubbed poly but it shouldn’t be any different than the spray on once it’s applied so your steps should be fine except that you should start with some kind of sealer first (mostly to bring out the beauty of the wood better), like either an oil or shellac. If you use Shellac make sure it’s dewaxed or the polly won’t stick.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 04:26 PM

For a classic finish use Shellac, then wax.

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