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Forum topic by Doublewide posted 10-11-2012 04:19 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Doublewide

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10-11-2012 04:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing walnut dog cage traditional

Ok, I’ve read the other walnut finishing posts but can’t seem to find what I want. I’m building a dog crate out of walnut. It’s about 34” long, 25” wide, and about 24” tall. A rather large crate for my girlfriends 5 pound chihuahua. Anyway, it’ll get a lot of use, and the finish needs to be durable so we can clean it. I’m making the base of the crate from sanded pine and applying plasti-dip to it so its really easy to clean. For the rest, I’m at a loss. I really want to keep the natural walnut look, and not use a stain… Any suggestions on the finish?

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Charlie

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 05:21 PM

DON’T USE WALNUT!
It’s toxic to horses and dogs (not cats though). Exposure to as little as 5% shavings in bedding can cause a reaction. Making the crate out of it could be a really bad idea. They don’t even have to EAT it.

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Cosmicsniper

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 05:26 PM

Charlie? Is the chihuahua going to eat the crate? :)

I’d pop the walnut with some Zinsser Seal-coat (dewaxed shellac) or an oil – I like the natural Watco Danish oil on walnut – and then follow with some poly.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Charlie

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 05:33 PM

They don’t have to eat it. And actually, this particular dog might be at greater risk due to its diminutive size. Hey, maybe nothing will happen and then I’m the fool. But I wouldn’t do this AND I am surely the fool if I don’t speak up that there is a hazard to consider here.

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 05:57 PM

Whatever you make it out of, walnut – shmalnut – or something else, warerborne poly is the finish to use. KISS

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Cosmicsniper

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 06:03 PM

It’s good advice, Charlie.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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derosa

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 06:26 PM

Charlie is giving very good advice here; and yes the dog may choose to try and eat the crate. Chihuahuas are trash hounds by nature, they survived as a species early on by being good at giving warning while eating whatever they scavenge. My wife’s just under 5lb chihuahua would gnaw on it if she got bored while being in there and it really doesn’t take a lot for one of them to get deathly ill. I have the almost 2 sawstops worth of vet bills, now clearing 4k and I’d settle for the 2300.00 sawstop, over the last 4 years to prove that case; all of them minor issues that lead to dehydration and emergency visits that wouldn’t bother even a slightly larger dog.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 07:12 PM

I’d not use walnut for the reasons mentioned above, and I echo clint’s recommendation of a good waterborne finish. I use crystalac super premium or polyoxide, both available at mcfeely’s who has $1 shipping.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Doublewide

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 08:09 PM

Thank you for the info on walnut!!! I never knew. I’ll have to rethink what I want to use.

-- Handcrafted spice and salt blends at www.spiceandsalt.com

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