|Forum topic by Dan||posted 08-26-2010 06:35 PM||4715 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-26-2010 06:35 PM
I am sure this has been asked before but I thought it would be easier to ask again rather then search for older post.
Last weekend I discovered some really nice thick blocks of Mahogany wood in my storage shed. I re-sawed some of the blocks into thinner boards and am building some smaller boxes with it. I am still a bit green when it comes to wood working and I am very green when it comes to finishing wood. I had never worked with Mahogany before and I would like to know what some options are for the best finish for my boxes.
I would like to know what the best natural wood finish would be and best way to apply it. I am looking for a very fine gloss like finish that will make these boxes shine and stand out.
I want to leave natural for now but I am also considering a stain to darken the wood. If I decide to stain some of the boxes what would the best stain be to darken the wood? Also would need to know best way to apply and all of that.
I am a great painter when it comes to water based interior paint. However I don’t know much at all about wood finishes so its a bit of a change from what I am used to.
One more thing, if you leave me some advice on a finish can you also give me best advice on what I should use to apply the finish and how to clean the brush if I use one. I made the mistake of using my expensive painters brushes to apply some wood finishes and I just couldn’t seem to get the brushes clean. I even cleaned with Mineral spirits as directed and the brush just didn’t clean well. I am sure I did it the wrong way.
Thanks for any help!
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"