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Forum topic by Gunnar posted 11-01-2011 05:21 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gunnar

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11-01-2011 05:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar stain choice finishing cedar

I am building a simple coffee table from cedar (based on AnaWhite plan) but with a few modifications. The project is going well, to the point where I am now thinking of suitable finishes.

I intend to sand; 80, 160, 220 and clean (without a tack cloth but compressed air) use a minwax wood conditioner followed by a stain.

I would like to darken the wood a little but still see a nice grain. Does anyone have any recommendations as to stain choice.

Any other advice would be welcome.

Thanks

-- Chris - "According to my calculations the problem doesn’t exist."


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CharlesNeil

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 02:26 PM

what kind of cedar, red aromatic or western, cedars have a natural oil, red more so than western, and some times it can conflict with oil based stains, meaning, the oil can some times try to soften the natural oil and inter mix and a good dry of the stain is not afforded, again more so on red aromatic, a good solution is to look to a good waterbase stain, and then a seal coat of shellac, and a film topcoat, the shellac will seal the oils in ..

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Gunnar

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 05:54 PM

It is western. Based on this would you still go water based stains?

Following the stain and shellac, what do you recommend as the topcoat – polyurethane? I am hoping that this topcoat, with 2 to 3 applications, will provide a suitable protective layer.

Thanks for the info.

-- Chris - "According to my calculations the problem doesn’t exist."

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 01:53 PM

yes , to the WB stains, i just like them better, no compatibility issues, and good color, I personally use General Finishes, and have not been dissapointed, as to the top coat, you could go with general finishes Arm R Seal , which is a oil based urethane, and will soak into the wood as well as form a good durable film finish, whic in the case of the cedar wi think would be a good thing, because it is soft and the Arm R seal will help harden it uo some, also a good top coat would be Enduro Var from GF , as in the claro post above , it dries fast and is quite durable, these products far exceed the typical box store products by a great margin, if you have an issue

charles@charlesneil woodworking.com be glad to help

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Gunnar

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 11:52 PM

Great, thank you for your time and knowledge.

I have sourced a local supplier of GF products and will be heading off there this weekend. I will let you know how I get on.

-- Chris - "According to my calculations the problem doesn’t exist."

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