What is a good finish for jatoba?

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Forum topic by JasonIndy posted 06-10-2010 03:45 AM 1233 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2010 03:45 AM

I’m making a recipe box for my wife for her birthday. Thus, I’m looking for something that is relatively stain-resistant but clear and bright to show off the grain. I purchased some epoxy but I’ve never used it before and I’m not sure if it is A) foolproof, or B) appropriate for what I’m looking for. Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 08:06 AM

You can use anything from shellac to lacquer or poly. That wood is not oily enough to cause any problems. You might find good results from using a pure tung oil but I don’t think an epoxy coating is what you want.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 12:06 PM

Jason, I agree with Childress. Poly/shellac/lacquer will give the jatoba all the protection it needs and it will bring out the beauty of the grain as well. Jatoba finishes well and you should not have any problems with any of the topcoats mentioned. I also would recommend staying away from epoxy.

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 02:52 PM

I agree that Jatoba will accept any finish well. When you compare Shellac, Lacquer and poly you will find that poly is a little better at water resistance and durability. I would also discourage you on epoxy.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 03:48 AM

Sounds good, thank you all for your replies.

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