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Forum topic by DrAllred posted 12-14-2010 05:17 AM 1066 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2010 05:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question purpleheart maple walnut canary wood paduck lacewood finishing

I have used different finishes on outdoor items. Well, I am making some little boxes for the kids, I will be using some Lacewood, Paduck, PurpleHeart, Canary wood, Figured Maple and Walnut.

I would like to know what finish I should try to get the best POP on the grain and color for these woods. I will be mixing woods, like Walnut for the feet.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 05:25 AM

I like either Danish oil or boiled linseed oil. Either can be followed with wipe-on polyurethane if you want extra durability.

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

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 05:07 PM

I second Danish oil or BLO. I use one of those for all my boxes.

-- David

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 07:59 PM

To pop figure or grain go to oil, or if you don’t necessarily have time for the cure of the oil, often using a water or alcohol based dye (NOT pigment stain) will pop the grain because it will absorb more in the figure and less on the flat grain.

With the mix of woods you have I would go to a oil based wiping type varnish. I use Waterlox. Minwax tung oil finish is similar but requires many more coats to get protection.

The boxes I made for the football team are maple with Jatoba top panels and splines. I did a light wipe on coat of Waterlox then sanded with 320. cleared the dust with compressed air and sprayed with Laquer.

Switch the laquer to shellac if it is young kids

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