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Forum topic by lunn posted 01-30-2012 05:58 PM 1103 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lunn

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01-30-2012 05:58 PM

Hi i’m new to this site. I can sure use some help . Building a third project out of very rich. dark walnut. The other two i used tung oil made it almost black. So what oil can i use that won’t darken it any more ?

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 06:11 PM

Lunn – I’m certainly not a finishing expert, but hopefully someone else is that can help. To my way of thinking, ‘wetting’ the walnut with anything is going to darken it. I did use Watco’s clear on a recent build with walnut, and while it did darken it some, the wood really popped when it was applied.

Part of me says, if the dark look isn’t what you’re after, gotta choose a different wood to start with. But that wasn’t your question. So, bottom line, Bump!

Good luck!

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:27 PM

What he said!

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 06:48 PM

The best thing I’ve found for maintaining any wood’s natural color is water-based polyurethane. Of course anything that wets it is going to darken it somewhat, but the effect is very minimal with the water-based poly. I use Minwax Polycrylic, readily available at your nearest big box retailer.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 06:55 PM

I use Old Masters tung oil wiping varnish. Rich finish with minimal darkening.
Remember that walnut will lighten over the years.
Sand well, seal with shellac (dewaxed), wipe on the oil. I use 4 to 5 coats with light sanding between coats. Let it cure. Buff with 4 O steel wool and wax.
Bill

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 07:33 PM

Waterborne poly or acrylic lacquer. Any oil based product will darken the appearance.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 07:44 PM

For bill and/ or clint – is that because oil really does penetrate, and water- based poly or lacquer does not?

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Bill White

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 07:54 PM

All will penetrate to some degree. The WB and Lac. are clear to begin with. I use the shellac/var. ‘cause it will do a better job of highlighting the grain.
Wetting the wood with a damp cloth will show ya what the material will do. In face, I always wipe down the workpiece before the final sanding. This will raise the grain for a better final sand as well.
I’m just not a real fan of poly unless the project is for a high use area.
Bill

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 07:57 PM

Learned today in an area I really need to gain insight, thanks!

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Bobsboxes

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 09:05 PM

Thanks for the great info, I am tring new things. Tying to find otherways of finishing projects. My standby has always been BLO w/ wipe on poly or spray lac.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 09:30 PM

See my blog for a brief primer on choosing a finish.

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