|Forum topic by v8extra||posted 08-12-2011 10:10 PM||5624 views||2 times favorited||16 replies|
08-12-2011 10:10 PM
Hello dear woodworkers,
The finish of every hand crafted furniture is not only the last step in the making process but also last one that people will see. It does not only affect the look but also might have a profond impact on how the furniture will react to its environment, thus been either the climate or anthropomorphic.
I have starting this new thread because I need your help! My situation is the following : I just finished a large coffee table about 41”x41”x16” high. The table is made out of Ipe or Lapacho (A very dense and heavy wood).
I dont have children yet but they are in the process of being made… So as you might understand this table will suffer and as the title state, I am looking for a finish to put on this table.
The first and only treatment I have already done was to apply some Cutek Green on it (wood sealer, solvent based).
I am now in the process of finding what would suit my situation better. At first I was considering putting an oil based polyurethane on the table (many layers of Arm-R-Sceal). (But my sealer has already darken my wood to the desired level, I dont really want to see the cooler change much). With such finish, from what I have read the result would be a strong finish that can cope with water, wine and so forth (a situation that would allow me to put my glass of water or wine straight on the table without fear on seeing a white circle appearing).
Today, I went to LeeValleys, explained my situation to a woodworking pro. He told me to forget about the poly and go with orange wax only. (I bought the wax and tried it on a small piece of wood but I fear that might not be enough).
Looking for more answers I decided to open my book on finish and they mention puting a filler first before the application of the wax (kind of lacquer), even on hard wood such as rose wood and so forth.
After giving a good look at the pore of my wood, I beleive the filler is a good idea (I which to know what you think about this). The pore are still open and not filled.
I know there is different path to reach my goal but but since I am far from being a pro. I beleive your experience my be great learning tool and might even save my furniture from an inadequate finish.
Any suggestion would be more then welcome!
Thanks a lot for your help.