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WoodworkingGeek

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810 days ago

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Hey guys
I’m going to make an box for a customer and am wanting your opinion for a finish. The box is made out of mahogany and its 4’‘x6’’. My favorite finish is a boiled linseed oil thinned with a mineral spirit. but i was wanted a little more build-up in the finish. I don’t really like polyurethane, It looks too plastic. I do have a HVLP maybe i could use that? Any suggestions would be great!
Thanks for the help!
-Matthew


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Loren

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#1 posted 810 days ago

Shellac. I wouldn’t spray it… too much cleanup and solvent
waste to make it worth it for a small project. Topcoat with
wax. Looks really nice and very forgiving.

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Sawkerf

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#2 posted 810 days ago

What you like needs to be secondary to what the customer likes. I always have my customers tell me what they’re looking for – or show me a picture of something that they like. Depending on the project size, I’ll also make a couple of sample pieces for them to buy off on. The last thing I want is to do a finish and have the customer tell me that they don’t like it.

Poly doesn’t have to look like plastic. Try a satin sheen.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 810 days ago

A box? What size? What wood? Gotta give us a bit more to help.
Small box. I’d use some dewaxed shellac and wiping varnish. Then, buff with 0000 wool and wax. I find that old terry towels do a good job with the final buffing stage.
Hop this helps.
Bill

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MyChipCarving

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#4 posted 810 days ago

I’m with Loren on shellac with wax. Quick and easy and nice results.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 810 days ago

Rattlecan poly or lacquer or weterborne poly.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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nobuckle

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#6 posted 809 days ago

Shelac was the first thing that came to my mind. I don’t know about using HVLP to apply it though.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 809 days ago

Someone else said it, but it may not be too important what you like if this is for a customer. Regardless, have you ever tried non-ploy varnishes? To my eye they don’t have the plastic look of poly, and make a very nice durable finish (like P&L 38, the Cabot 8000 series, etc.) But another one might be a danish oil…1/3 each of MS, BLO, and varnish (not a poly, please). This has a nice in-the-wood look and may be a little more durable than just BLO. It will provide the “little more build” you’re after.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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