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Forum topic by Joekwon80 posted 06-01-2012 03:08 PM 1436 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2012 03:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: enclosures black walnut finishing

So a buddy and I are building this keyboard enclosure and we’re at the point where we need to start thinking about finishing it. We want to make sure the finish is durable, non-glossy, and maintains the black walnut look.

Should it be a spar varnish? Poly? Should we apply minwax first to enhance the color of it?


-- Joe Kwon

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 03:38 PM

I am a fan of the GF enduro-varn, it leaves a nearly clear finish and it can be had in a satin so not very glossy.

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 03:38 PM

My preference would be a couple coats of Danish Oil. Let that sit for 24 hours, wipe off any excess. Then, finish with wipe on Poly in a satin or semi-gloss (2-3 coats with a light sanding with 220 grit in between).

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 03:43 PM

Start with Minwax Natural stain. When you open the can it looks clear to the bottom, but when you put it on the wood the grain and color will just explode with beauty. A satin spar varnish over that should provide you with good protection, and you won’t get too much shine. That’s a nice project you have there!

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 03:44 PM

Does the GF enduro protect well? We have to assume that this thing will be handled by people who could care less about maintaining this things appearance.

The fronts and sides of this thing will eventually have a carved design on it and it already weighs in at around 200 lbs. I realize there is only so much protection a varnish will allow, but a little protecting will do better than none.

-- Joe Kwon

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 03:46 PM

Thanks Tennessee! I’m excited to see it on stage with us. I’m a little worried about it’s height though. We didn’t take into consideration the performer being covered behind it! We’ll have to see how that works out.

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 07:12 PM

General Finishes makes a product called Arm-a-Seal that I personally love. It is a urethane that I think doesn’t give the piece the plastic look that Minwax poly does. Really any poly will do, be sure to put at least 3 coats on (4-5 would be better). I would not worry about a stain as I like to leave any high quality wood as natural as possible. Oh, and if you are using a gloss product, make sure you sand the piece to 320 and get every imperfection out of the enclosure because a high gloss poly will really show every little bump! Looks like a great piece Joe, keep up the good work.

Mike Porter

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