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Forum topic by DanoP posted 01-05-2012 09:14 AM 1011 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2012 09:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: high gloss easy maple jatoba box question finishing

I’m going to try my hand on a few small boxes (working my way up to a humidor if all goes well) in a simple garage workshop (no finishing room or sprayers). I’ve got some Jatoba for the sides and some nicely figured maple for the sliding top. I would like to end up with a smooth, high gloss, deep finish. I’ve got nothing in my cupboards so will be starting from scratch. All my finishing over the past year has been done on the lathe – love that rock hard, deep gloss from CA.

I don’t mind a little elbow grease but won’t have days/weeks to spend waiting for finishes to cure between steps.

So… bottom line is:
How do I prep the open grain of the jatoba?
What dyes/additives do I get to “pop” the maple?
How do I get that deep, mirror finish in as few steps as possible.

I’m looking for achievable results as I build my skill set.

Brand names and sources would be greatly appreciated.
Links to blogs… videos… anything would help.

Thank you all for your patience and tutelage!

Dano P

Side note (possible fodder for another thread): Is there a method to get a CA finish on large flat pieces?

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:43 AM

Annyline Dye for the maple, followed by a lacquer wiping stain, depending on the color, it will give it a really nice deep, dimensional looking color to it. Maple doesn’t like to take conventional dark stains, though I’m pretty sure that’s not what you’re going for anyways. But for that I use Gemini, however they also have a line that they sell through sherwin williams, but if you go to them, you may need to get ahold of their cabinet shop guy, as usually the guys at the desk don’t know what I’m talking about. For the finish I use Lacquer, but that’s just me and I have alot of practice mixing my lacquer for the climate. I use Gemini Lacquer, and they do have a site where you can find their products. They have a lower line of lacquers called Gemcoat, and it works okay, but I find I need to put on more coats to get it where I like the finish.
Lowes also carries a spray can variety called Deft.

Jatoba is a fairly dense wood, you should be able to just sand it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 03:39 PM

I’ve not worked with Jatoba, but when I want to get a mirror finish on an open-grained wood like walnut, I use Behlen's Pore-O-Pac grain filler. The “natural” color is basically clear, and you can use whatever final finish you like on top of it.

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 05:18 AM

Jatoba is very hard and heavy but does have quite open grain. Timbermate has a ‘Brazilian Cherry’ grain filler that is super easy and gives beautiful results. You can use any non-water based finish over it. I have used BLO, Spar urethane, and lacquer and had good results with all of them.

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