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Forum topic by ppg677 posted 11-14-2017 07:14 PM 1609 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ppg677

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11-14-2017 07:14 PM

Hi, I’ve used natural Danish Oil for pretty much every wood project I’ve ever done. I made an end table out of African Mahagony that is pretty light colored as shown. While I don’t want to go full dark, I think I would like to darken it up a bit to get closer to the color of the baseboard trim in the picture (which is also a mahagony of some kind).

Any advice? Perhaps try Tung Oil? I’ve read elsewhere that I should also use a pore filler which I’ve never done before.


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#1 posted 11-14-2017 08:35 PM

You’d have to do a test piece but Waterlox would give good protection and would darken it up. Waterlox tend to be a bit glossy even in there satin products.

Pore filler is a personal choice if you ask me.

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 04:57 AM



You d have to do a test piece but Waterlox would give good protection and would darken it up. Waterlox tend to be a bit glossy even in there satin products.

Pore filler is a personal choice if you ask me.

- AlaskaGuy

Thanks for the tip! Waterlox looks to be based on Tung Oil. The stuff sure is expensive!

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#3 posted 11-15-2017 05:59 AM

Waterlox is a great tip. If you want something that darkens less, give Arm-R-Seal a try. It’s a tad cheaper too.

I bought a few hundred board feet of African mahogany for a steal years ago and have turned lots of it into projects. It’s a love-hate relationship because the wood is so beautiful, but the porous nature of it makes getting a good finish difficult.

I’ve had success with simply doing enough layers of topcoat to ultimately fill the pores. That will work with either Waterlox or Arm-R-Seal. Allow to cure at least 24 hours and lightly sand with 320 before the next coat. You can stop whenever the surface is what you’re looking for.

The best thing to do is take some test boards from the same wood and try different combinations to see what you like best. It’s a beautiful table and you sure don’t want to risk messing it up.

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#4 posted 11-15-2017 12:56 PM

This info might help using the correctly colored/dye containing finish and Sanding between the 1st few coats , leaving the sanding residue and wiping on and off each coat (the danish oil method) will help fill the finish

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#5 posted 11-15-2017 02:00 PM

Think about grain filling first.

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#6 posted 11-15-2017 02:18 PM

I haven’t tried them yet but Tried and True just came out with some Stain & Finish products that might be worth a look. They have one called mahogany. It looks like the stain is fairly subtle so hopefully will just enhance the grain, not cover it. Their Danish and Varnish oil finishes are excellent and my go-to “natural” finish.

Of course Watco sells a danish oil with stain that I have used in the past to darken and enhance the grain of various woods that would probably work for you too. They too have a mahogany color. Probably cheaper than the T&T and may be available locally (HD & Lowes carry it in my area).

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