Danish oil on maple/walnut project

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Forum topic by JoshuaS posted 02-27-2016 03:18 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2016 03:18 PM

My project is to build and finish small speaker cabinets made with solid walnut and figured maple. I’ve had success wet sanding with Danish oil (John Paquay’s method) on maple projects in the past and would like to use the same technique here. During wet sanding, can the slurry (which will contain dark walnut sawdust) settle in the pores of the maple and make it look strange? Should I finish the woods separately?

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 03:30 PM

Yes and yes. I was messing around with a maple scrap once, picked up a piece of sandpaper that had previously been used on something red, and it never really came out of the Maple. I mean with a clean sandpaper I’m sure I could have eventually sanded it away, but that’s not what you want to be doing on a finished piece.


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#2 posted 02-27-2016 03:39 PM

Not a good idea as the walnut will “bleed” into the maple. Use regular sandpaper followed by an oil such as linseed. Allow to dry then seal with Seal Coat (or very dilute shellac.) Rub out with high grit sandpaper or green 3M pad then follow with polyurethane. Recommend diluting the polyurethane with an equal part of mineral spirits.

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 03:43 PM

Ok, thanks!

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#4 posted 02-27-2016 03:53 PM

Be SURE to use Seal Coat (Zinnser) and not regular shellac that has wax.


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