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Forum topic by dakremer posted 09-19-2018 10:23 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 54 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dakremer

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09-19-2018 10:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut finish prayer kneeler

Hey guys, I’m doing a last minute project, and need a quick/durable finish…

I’m making a (walnut) Prayer Kneeler for our church auction coming up this weekend (Sunday). I should have it all built by tomorrow. Which means I have Friday and Saturday to put a finish on and have it ready for Sunday.

I want those dark walnut colors to pop. Was thinking about doing a coat of Walnut Danish Oil, followed by some oil or water based poly. I’m just not sure about finish times, and don’t want to rush/ruin the finish, or show up Sunday with a finish that isnt ready.

What are my options? What would you suggest? Thanks in advance!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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shampeon

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 10:34 PM

Oil with a poly top coat will take too long. Most definitely you don’t want to do an oil then water-based poly top coat in 2 days, that’s just going to fail.

The fastest finish by far is shellac. Dries to the touch in minutes, and can be top-coated soon after. I’d test some shellac on some scrap and see how you like it. If you want the oil to darken the walnut and pop the grain more, you can do the oil, then top coat with shellac, which will seal it all. Or you can make a rubbing varnish with equal parts oil, shellac, and DNA, which will dry faster than oil alone.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 10:34 PM

If you are using Danish oil, you have to wait 3 days to recoat it. Oil it use poly in it Saturday. You can get 3 coats of wipe on poly in it on Saturday.

Jim

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 10:41 PM

Shellac it then wax it.

Done.

General Finishes has some high quality finishes as well.

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dakremer

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 10:44 PM

Good to know about the danish oil. Looks like that won’t work, because I can’t wait that long. Maybe I dont need to darken the walnut and just the water based poly or shellac will be fine

I just don’t want the walnut to turn tan over time. I want that rick dark walnut color

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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dakremer

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 10:45 PM

Will shellac be a durable enough finish for something like a prayer kneeler? There’s a shelf for a bible, and the user will be leaning on it…..

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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dakremer

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 10:46 PM

Making something similar to this. The kneeling part will fold up when not in use.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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dakremer

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 10:48 PM


Or you can make a rubbing varnish with equal parts oil, shellac, and DNA, which will dry faster than oil alone.

- shampeon

I wouldn’t mind trying this. This will be be applied like wipe on Poly? Just wipe it on, let it dry, sand between coats?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 10:52 PM

Shellac is very durable I don’t agree with all the naysayers. Some only know can shellac
For your project I would use spray lacquer in rattle can.
Cool project

-- Aj

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dakremer

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 10:54 PM



Shellac is very durable I don t agree with all the naysayers. Some only know can shellac
For your project I would use spray lacquer in rattle can.
Cool project

- Aj2

Whats the reason you would you use spray lacquer over shellac?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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shampeon

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 10:56 PM

Yeah, just rag it on, wipe off any extra. You can apply a couple coats before you’d need to sand. I usually apply a coat over everything, and by the time I’m done, I can go back and apply another. The oxygen in the DNA/shellac acts as a hardener for the oil.

Shellac isn’t the most hard-wearing finish, though. In a situation without time constraints, I’d use a poly top coat for protection.

You could probably do the varnish wipe for color/grain, then wipe-on poly afterward. But you can experiment right now with scraps to see if any of the non-oil options have the look you’d like.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 09-19-2018 11:05 PM

I dont think the oil would dry quickly enough. What about a base coat of lacquer or shellac and then the water base?

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Snowbeast

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#12 posted 09-19-2018 11:06 PM

I use a coat of Bullseye shellac sanding sealer to pop the color and then top it with three coats of water-based poly. I make a large number of custom presentation plaques for a trophy shop and have never had this combo let me down.

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#13 posted 09-19-2018 11:08 PM

I wouldn’t recommend only the water base. It makes walnut look sort of grayish if that is your base coat,

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#14 posted 09-19-2018 11:10 PM

OSMOS

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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dakremer

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#15 posted 09-19-2018 11:17 PM



OSMOS

- Andre

Wow that looks beautiful! Thats the look I’m going for. Is that OSMOS fast drying? how many coats? Time between coats? Where can I get it?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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