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Forum topic by Jon posted 10-25-2010 02:46 AM 1415 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon

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10-25-2010 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box walnut question finishing

I have built 2 walnut boxes, and am looking for advice on what types of finishes would be suitable for each.

Walnut box w/ light/dark walnut top panel… I was thinking an oil finish?

Walnut box w/ curly maple top panel…High gloss to highlight curly maple?

thank-you for the imput.

-Jon


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scrappy

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 02:59 AM

I use “Old Masters Tung Oil/Varnish” on walnut. It is what I finished my Buba Keg with and most others I have posted. Gives a good shine and really makes the grain POP.

Scrappy

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 03:07 PM

Depends upon the look that you want to have. A satin finish with lots of color – tung oil or tung oil finish (a tung oil and poly mix). If you are looking for a mirror finish, I would use clear lacquer or high gloss poly. It is a lot more work to get the mirror finish. Both are good on their own – it is a matter of choice. If the box is going to be around makeup (acetone or alcohol), poly might be a better choice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 03:07 PM

Oh btw – beautiful work

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 03:16 PM

Nice boxes. Your initial ideas sound good to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 03:36 PM

Most of my work is in walnut and cherry and recently I’ve really enjoyed using Tried and True oil varnish. Despite some other reviews I’ve found it incredibly easy to use and produces a nice soft sheen and really richens and darkens the walnut. It will darken and yellow the maple as well, so if you want to keep the more blonde color of the maple, oil may not be the best route.

-- Aaron in TN -http://www.amwellsfurniture.com

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 06:05 PM

I use General Finishes Armour Seal. It is easy to apply and has a tough beautiful finish.

Domer

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