Finishing Western Red Cedar

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Forum topic by Polock2 posted 08-16-2011 06:16 PM 1590 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2011 06:16 PM

I was lucky enough to get 15, 2X12X22 western red cedar. I was going to make some router trays or bowls and would like to know what would be the best finish to use, and would it be OK to use for chips or candy dish.

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 01:11 AM

For aromatic cedar you use boiled linseed oil then finish with laquer. It brings out the color then the finish seals it. I think western red cedar does not have the intense color of the aromatic cedar but it might enhance the color some. Check on a small sample and see what you think.

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 05:07 PM

Shellac would work best if you plan to put food in the bowls, you can do a pre treatment as mentioned above or you can use orange shellac or some dark shellac to give the wood color. It is what I did with my DVD holder, red cedar with sprayed shellac.

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 07:08 PM

Thanks guys for your input!!! Will give it a shot.

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