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Forum topic by tbone74 posted 09-13-2011 08:12 PM 1384 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 08:12 PM

Hello, I am a newbie here and I’m sure thiss question has been asked a million times but I am seeing different answers every where I look! I am making the wife a cabinet with 4 drawers for her make up and such. I’m cunstructing it out of African Mahogany. I really love the depth that BLO gives to the wood but I am a little concerned about the protection of the wood. What is recomended or commonly used to apply over a BLO finish to “seal” the wood and protect it from a wet glass or cofee cup or a little spilled make up :).

Thanks in advance for all the help! I can’t wait to finish this so I can post it as my “first” project here on the site!


-- Tony

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 08:18 PM

I personally use oil based polyurethane (poly). I recently did the same finish on the same mahogany:

BLO is an oil product, so you should keep it to oil-on-oil whatever you choose. poly is easy to apply and has great protection characteristics

Edit: I actually did poly over shellac and not over BLO, but all are oil based finishes. BLO takes a WHILE to fully cure, so make sure you give it plenty of time to do that before you apply the poly

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 08:30 PM

+ 1 on the poly.

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 09:20 PM


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#4 posted 09-13-2011 09:30 PM

I have had great luck with thinning my BLO with mineral spirits. It makes it much easier to wipe on and it dries a lot faster. I usually put on 2-3 coats of thinned BLO followed by 2-3 coats of a wiping varnish. I’d give the BLO 3-5 days to dry. If you can still smell it, give it more time to cure.

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 09:43 PM

Another vote for oil-based polyurethane here. I recently blogged about this finishing regime on my hand brace restoration blog. You can read about it here. Check out FINISH No. 3. As Cory says, it is very important to let the BLO dry thoroughly.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 09:54 PM

Traditionally, wax has been used to protect oil finishes, but this will need to be maintained. If your looking for something more permanent, I’ll echo the poly, although it will change the “look” of an oil finish.

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 11:33 PM

Thanks for all the quick responses! I will try a test piece mixed with mineral spirits and then a finish coat with oil based poly.

-- Tony

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