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04-07-2010 03:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing woodworking wood oak

If any of you have read my blog post, I have shared that finishing is not my strong point. I have a drafting desk that I am working on and am having a hard time deciding on a few steps. The desk constructed of white oak. I am planning on using a mahogany water based dye with early american oil based stain over. I had planned on using just a rub on poly but am curious if I should use a water based sealer before applying the poly. Thanks in advance for your comments.

Chris Adkins

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 03:53 AM

I used a very similar combination on the mission clock that is in my gallery. I used a mix of dark mission brown and red TransTint dye in acohol, then I used Cabot dark walnut oil stain over it. I followed that with three coats of wipe on poly. The clock is made from white oak so you can see how it turned out in the picture. I thought the combination worked very well. I didnt use any kind of sealer other than the wipe on poly.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 03:54 AM

no just go with the poly… if you want some kind of sealer try a coat of sealcoat (shellac). wiping is alright spraying is best. I know they sell the spray bottles at Lowes

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 12:43 PM

Chris, you should be ok to go with just the poly after staining. The only concern would be with lift off of the oil base stain. Start your poly application in an inconspicious area and check the wiping medium for stain lift off. If the lift off is going to cause you problems then apply a seal coat of shellac, as Dennis suggested.

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