|Forum topic by Luke||posted 06-15-2011 10:19 PM||2602 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-15-2011 10:19 PM
Right now we are still trying to achieve a finish he likes.
To start off, the entertainment center is made from Maple Ply and Select Maple hardwood, very nice looking. He wants a very pure dark brown almost like a walnut. His cabinets in his house are also maple, and he says they are too “Orange” and does not want any hint of “Orange”
Not knowing anything about finishing Maple (previous experience is with Oak and Painted woods)
We stained, found out quickly that didn’t work.
I then bought Taunton’s Guide to Finishing, read it and figured lets give toning a try since he didn’t really like to see the pores of the wood, but wanted to see some figure. We toned last night with Shellac, and he for sure likes the way it came out, so now we are experimenting with color, since it was too “Orange” for him still.
My question is, we were planning on using Zinsser Shellac as the toner and then topcoating it with something.
To be honest, I am learning as I go, and I am wondering, what has worked best as toning, shellac, lacquer, water based lacquer…
and then what works best for top coating. We figured if we did shellac we could do a water based lacquer so it didn’t interfere with the shellac. Again, totally new at this, any advice or product recomendations would be greatly appreciated.
While I learned alot from Jeff Jewitt’s book, I felt it was too much of an overview. I find I learn more with people’s advice. So far, since it’s not my money spent, its been a great learning experience but we want to get moving on this.
Right now I’m using a gravity fed conversion gun, I have it on good authority that I will be getting an Earlex 5500 for fathers day though.