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Forum topic by Cato posted 06-04-2011 12:50 AM 1622 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2011 12:50 AM

I have some walnut and butternut that I am going to be using for some jewelry boxes.

I have never used butternut before and was wondering what your favorite finish for it is??

I normally use an amber shellac for walnut and it turns out nice.

For a contrast in woods if Butternut finishes out nice I thought I might use it on the drawer front of the walnut jewlery box.

I will be making two boxes and thought that I might do one with shellac and one with Danish oil finish. I should have scrap pieces, hey all my projects do, that I can put some different finishes on to try and get the best look.

It will be a simple design with lid, inside tray, and a single drawer below. My first jewelry box type project so nothing to fancy this time around.

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 03:17 AM

I’ve used butternut for a few projects. Usually for furniture, (i have an ice chest in my projects) i use poly. I’ve also use butternut for rifle stocks where I’ve used tung oil or linseed oil. All turned out nice.

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 03:38 AM

Butternut is related to walnut, and responds well to similar finishes.

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