|Forum topic by StoopidMonkey81||posted 08-30-2016 08:45 PM||2327 views||0 times favorited||48 replies|
08-30-2016 08:45 PM
I’m an amateur woodworker and would like some advise on a project I’m working my way up to, a nursery dresser that I will probably build with walnut boards & walnut ply for the carcass. One thing I’m having a hard time with is deciding how to finish it. Here are the properties I’m after:
1) Smooth, non-sticky surface without wood grain texture, like you would find at a furniture store
Limitations: This will be assembled in a smallish town house basement with little to no ventilation and subsequently placed in a nursery. I want to avoid finishing products with high VOCs, high odor, and flammable vapor (especially given the close proximity of the gas water heater near my work area), so I’d like to stick to water based products if at all possible (though I’m not sure how products like shellac fit into the mix). I’m also a very green newbie so finicky products requiring an experienced hand aren’t preferable.
Attached below is an example of the kind of finish I’m after, with the color being a touch lighter than what I’m going for:
The site the image came from says the piece was finished with lacquer and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to work for me due to the reasons I mentioned above. Is something like this possible with a water based poly, like General Finish’s clear High Performance or their amber tinted Enduro-Var? Thanks!