Low luster finish on walnut

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Forum topic by Dhoagy posted 12-05-2011 05:55 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2011 05:55 PM

I just completed a Parsons Table and matching bench out of black walnut. I have Applied an analine dye to even out the color. I plan to apply a coat of Boiled Linceed Oil next to help pop the figure than a shellac sealer followed by a Glaze for highlighting. I am looking for a low luster top coat to apply over all this. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 06:34 PM

Sounds like you’re over doing the finishes. If you put dye on it, you’ve already muted the natural grain and figure, so I would just go with several coats of blo, if that’s what you already have. personally, I would use 100% tung oil instead, about 10-12 coats. That will give you a fairly protective finish that’s also low luster.

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 09:12 PM

I would rethink the process.
Here’s what I’d do:
Sand well to about 220, seal coat with a shellac wash coat, stain if ya want, finish with a wiped varnish.
I use Modern Masters satin poly. Buff with wool or a non-woven pad and wax.
Understand that poly is not one of my favs unless the workpiece is gonna be a high-use object.
I don’t often stain walnut ‘cause I like the varied colors. Oh well…....


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