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ravensrock

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08-14-2016 12:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut finishing

Hello everyone,

I’ve had this nice piece of walnut for awhile and decided to make a small table and use it for the top. I’m kind of designing it as I go. Here is where I am so far. I’m looking for suggestions for any design tweaks. I don’t have a lathe so used a 1’2” roundover bit and spokeshave to get rid of some of the bulk of the pedestal itself. It still looks a little heavy to me. And I need to do something with the bottom of the pedestal at the legs. Some designs I’ve seen are cut off right at the bottom of the legs. Others have some kind of a rounded shape. But again I don’t have a lathe. Any ideas/suggestions are welcome!

I’m also starting to think about how I want to finish this. The grain on the top is what attracted me to this board and I’d really like to finish it in a way to show this off. Watco oil? Some kind of dye perhaps sanded back then? Open to any ideas. Thanks in advance!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking


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Gerald Thompson

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#1 posted 08-14-2016 01:32 AM

I would give Waterlox OFS a shot on a test piece. Go to their site and learn about the application. It is a wipe on and takes several coats to equal one brushed coat.

-- Jerry

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ravensrock

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 01:35 AM

Never tried Waterlox before. I’ll check it out.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 02:17 AM

I used watco natural Danish oil on a walnut gun stock I made and I thought it really brought out the grain and the color in the walnut nicely.

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 02:19 AM

I’d also use Waterlox Original. Prior to that, I’d use my favorite Walnut dye blend to darken it a bit. I use Watco Danish Oil as a primer coat/sealer prior to the Waterlox application. Just be absolutely sure the Danish oil is completely dry before you put on the Waterlox.

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 02:46 AM

I haven’t had the pleasure of using Waterlox but I know it is a quality product and I’m sure it would be a beautiful finish on that walnut.

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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ravensrock

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#6 posted 08-14-2016 04:02 AM

Those gun stocks look great moosesman! So that’s a couple votes for Waterlox. Stuff’s not cheap! Still might have to give it a try.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#7 posted 08-14-2016 01:20 PM

Here's some info on various oils and poly that might help you out.

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ravensrock

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#8 posted 08-14-2016 07:43 PM

Thanks for the link OSU55. I’m still looking for design suggestions anyone might have.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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