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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 08-18-2010 01:00 AM 893 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 01:00 AM

I’m building a wall to wall library bookshelf with two slant front desks built in. I’m for sure using fiddle back maple veneer in a frame and panel desk fronts. I decided that I would color the veneer with whatever makes the dramatic figure of the maple veneer show the best. At this point, it’s either straight Liberon or a brown dye with liberon. I’m now trying to determine what I want to make the rest of it out of. I’ve narrowed it down to all maple, cherry, walnut or mahogany. I’m talking about the shelves, rails an styles etc. I’ve been experimenting with different dyes and finishes on the maple veneer, with straight Liberon on all the other pieces, my shop looks like a sample store with over 25 samples in various stages of finishing. What I’ve come down to is either liberon furniture oil with the cherry (no color added to the maple), or a light brown dye with liberon and walnut or cherry. During the testing they both look great. What I’m wondering is how the Liberon will age, primarily on the fiddle back maple veneer. Will it yellow? Get darker? I know the cherry will darken with age and am OK with that.
I’m hoping this project will be a masterpiece and would appreciate any wisdom any of you might have.

-- Ken


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#1 posted 08-18-2010 01:49 PM

Beginning to look like you may be the expert on this. Do you put Liberon on after the dye or mix it with to apply?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 07:28 PM

I’m no expert to be sure. But thanks for the compliment. I’m applying the dye (water based) first, then after it dries over night I start the repetitive application of the Liberon, the final coat will be glossy. It’s pretty remarkable how the finish changes with every application. I haven’t reached the final liberon coat on any samples yet. I waisted a lot of time trying to make the BLO work untill I realized that it would not build to a top coat. I think the Liberon/dye will look terriffic but am wondering how much it will change with time.

-- Ken

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 07:53 PM

Where do you get it? Make it yourself?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 09:25 PM

Liberon what?

Liberon is a brand name for a large range of wood finishing products.

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 10:45 PM

Sorry for the confusion. The “Liberon” I’m talking about is Liberon Finishing Oil. I buy it at Rockler. It’s pretty pricey but does a great job of popping grain and (if you want) it makes a very nice gloss top coat as well.

-- Ken

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