|Forum topic by Pablo83||posted 07-20-2010 03:18 AM||984 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
07-20-2010 03:18 AM
I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. I must say I do love this site, and thought it’d be a good time to jump in to the community. I’m looking for some advice on a small jewelry box I’m making. It is a walnut box with padauk edge banding and a drawer (cherry secondary wood for drawer sides/back). Here are the questions!
1) I have been reading up on the “best” way to finish walnut, and the technique that stands out most to me is the dry/wet sand with natural watco oil followed by the french polish technique with amber shellac. Yeah, I know… time consuming, but I’ve got the patience and time for this project, so I figured why not :).
My main concern is by wet sanding with the watco to create a slurry and fill the pours of the walnut, I will also mess up the colour of the padauk edge banding. Should I skip the watco all together? Is it necessary, or will the pours of the wood be adequately filled during the french polish stage? Does the oil add any pop, colour, or definition to the grain?
Secondly, I’m concerned about the drawer. Seeing as the drawer will be sliding in and out, should the the drawer sides also be finished with a french polish, or will the finish on the drawer sides just get damaged eventually and look like a dog’s breakfast?
Any thoughts, questions or advice are greatly appreciated!!