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Blackie_

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729 days ago

I am about to install a room wrap wall to wall shelving, wood choice is Cypress, it will have a rear wall support and a front support to keep it from sagging, It will be up high maybe a foot off of the ceiling so only the bottom of the shelving boards will be visiable, should I go ahead and finish both sides? Also need to know what kind of finish would work best, was hoping for some ideas, I want the natural beauty of the of the wood to show without changing the color to much, if anything just making it stand out more, also if possible something that doesn’t take long to dry.

The Pic shown here is an Oak shelving unit, not mine just showing the design I will be using.

Thanks

Randy
aka Blackie

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Roger

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#1 posted 729 days ago

I think you should finish both sides. I think BLO before a clear would help bring out the grain, but, that would take a day or more, depending how quickly the Cypress absorbs it. I too, am curious as what others will say and/or suggest. Look forward to seein the finished shelves

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 729 days ago

I’d finish both sides. If you want something quick to dry, shoot it with clear lacquer. You can get 3 coats on it a day, easily….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 729 days ago

As Jim said, lacquer would be best, but if you can’t spray, waterborne poly would be the way to go. No BLO.

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

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 729 days ago

Ok so pure Lacquer seems great to me, what about Tung oil I’ve used Lacquer over it before with success but I do think it takes a day for drying. What about the natural oil that is in Cyperss would I need to cure this?

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 729 days ago

I have worked alot with cypress and used numerous finishes over the years. Cypress is a wood with natural oily resins in it…which make it very resistant to decay.
I have found the following results:
Drying time varies considerable depeending if it is new growth cypress, old cypress or sinker cypress.
A polyurethane finish is the most durable but sometimes the first coat will take 3 – 4 days to dry.
Tung Oil …any finish with an oil base will dry very slowly.
Water based finish will also dry quickly and allow numerous coats…. and not leave a lingering smell for days that polyurrethane or lacquer leaves. Does not really bring out the beauty of the woodgrain.
Lacquer… dries extremely fast and you can spray numerous additional coats in a day. I use lacquer on the boxes I build and really like the appearance. Looks especially good if you buff with steel wool.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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HerbC

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#6 posted 729 days ago

Randy,

Yes, do finish both (all) sides of the project.

Sounds like you’ve received pretty good advise on finish selection.

Herb

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 729 days ago

Ok thanks all Lacquer it is then.

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bruc101

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#8 posted 728 days ago

Go to Lowes and get you some Deft Lacquer. Says brushing lacquer on the can because of VOC regulators.
It can be brushed or sprayed. Deft is some of the finest lacquer on the market.
Dries fast. When we use it we can usually get three or four coats a day. Sand with fine paper between coats for a more deep looking finish.

Dust the first coat on to raise the grain and let it dry…sand and then keep going. We thin about 10%.

As a matter of fact, we’re getting ready to use the Deft Semi Gloss on a large set of Cherry kitchen cabinets and will put 5 coats lightly sanding between coats. Will be completed in less than 2 days.

We’ve sprayed loads of Deft on Cypress. Deft is very user friendly.

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boxcarmarty

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#9 posted 728 days ago

Definitely Both sides. If for no other reason, it will make it easier to dust. I also agree with the lacquer…..

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Blackie_

3290 posts in 1110 days


#10 posted 728 days ago

Marty I never dust LOL but as I type this and think about it, the shelfs will be for my bandsaw boxs as I’m running out of room to store them which are also my pride and joy so I might make an exception in this case LOL go get me one of those swifter duster thingys hahaha.

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