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Forum topic by Cole McFarland posted 12-13-2012 04:20 AM 682 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole McFarland

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12-13-2012 04:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar finishing question

I’m making a jewelry box for my girlfriend, I’m very close to finished. I have never finished Cedar before though, I was wondering if anybody had any preferences? Thanks!


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 05:36 AM

Is it aromatic, Cole? The Cedar boxes I’ve done are left natural on the inside and clear coated outside. I use Danish oil on the outside if the cedar is nicely spalted or figured…then I follow it with a film finish. Oil based poly is quick and easy for that.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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David

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 04:23 PM

I’m working on a box made of cedar right now and plan on a couple coats of tung oil, sanded in between coats, then a couple more coats of oil based semi-gloss poly buffed out with steel wool. I plan on leaving the inside unfinished though, just sanding it smooth.

I like the tung oil finish because it warms up the color a bit.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 05:07 PM

Rattlecan lacquer is all you need.

-- 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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Cole McFarland

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 09:28 PM

I’ve heard of people using Danish oil. Would i be able to find any at my local home depot? My stain store closes when i get out of school, and they aren’t open on weekends.

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 12:19 AM

I agree with Clint / I make hundreds of cedar boxex every year. Lacquer on the outside and nothing on the inside.

-- In God We Trust

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shampeon

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 12:55 AM

Cole, you can find Danish oil in any hardware store, and probably at Home Depot as well.

Careful of the oil-soaked rags, though. Don’t bunch them up, or they might combust.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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David

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 02:41 PM

Here’s a quick cell phone photo of a single coat of tung oil on some cedar with an untouched piece of the same wood next to it.

If you’re unsure what you want to do, take some scrap and try a few different finishes on it. I have pieces of scrap all over with different stains, varnish, oils, etc.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 03:03 PM

I do the same as Cosmicsniper

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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