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Goatlocker

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01-01-2013 12:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing mahogany question

I am currently making a Mahogany hall table and need to finish it. While I have quite a bit of experience with brush on poly I have switched over to using different finishes. I am planning on using a pigment or dye to get the table a litte darker but am nervous about using grain filler, shellac then final coat of lacquer. I do have a HVLP sprayer that I have started using recently but looking for ideas or advice. I have attached a couple of pictures of the table, it is not finished yet, still a lot of rounding corners and sanding to get done but I figured I would start the process of deciding on a finish now. Thanks in advance for any help.

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 01:37 AM

Sorry that I can’t help with the finish, but it looks like great workmanship. Nice job!

-- Art

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 03:02 AM

One of the colored Timbermate Grain Fillers would both fill the grain and darken the stock. They have a mahogany but the Brazilian Cherry will probably be darker. You will need to test on scrap,sand, then wipe with MS to see what your final color will look like. That Timbermate is good stuff and very easy to apply/sand off excess.

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 10:31 AM

Hi

I am making cabinets out of African mahogany. I would also like a darker look. You said you were going to use a pigment or dye and I was wondering how you were going to use it? I was going to use the zinsser dewaxed shellac 50-50 as a sealer and then use the Target 6000 lacquer. I am under the impression you can use the shellac under just about any coating. I will watch this post for information of the more experienced.

Bill

-- Bill R

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 11:46 AM

“Beautiful Table” Just incredible craftsmanship! Have you considered sealing it with several coats of a good wax and hand rubbing the piece then letting time take its coarse with the darkening of the wood?
A few years ago I built a couple of children’s rocking chairs for my 2 granddaughter’s from Brazilian Cherry and that is what I opted for. It took a couple of years for the wood to deepen in color. Now the grain really pops.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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Goatlocker

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 01:26 PM

Thanks for the responses so far. Just to update, yes I have considered just waxing but I have not seen how this turns out as of yet. The pigment or dye I want to use is still up in the air, the guy I get my wood from did a beautiful table with a red dye mix and his table looks great. Maybe I can just get his recipe to get the color started. Thanks for the tip on the filler.

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 02:28 PM

Most diffidently recommend the wood filler after that what ever finish strike your fancy…BC

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 01:37 AM

Just got the final sanding done and was experimenting with grain fillers and the dye today. I decided on the transtint Red Mahogany for the dye but realized my first test batch did not have enough dye in it. So far I like the whole dye concept a lot better than staining.

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 02:48 PM

Very interested in how that will work. I have that dye and tried a little using denatured alcohol. I was afraid about getting it even because the denatured alcohol dried too quickly. I was eventually going to try other mediums to apply the dye. What are use using?

bill

-- Bill R

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 05:40 PM

Set it in the sun for a day, then use a Danish Oil finish.

-- Kelby

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 12:51 AM

Well the dye is complete. Just finished glueing everything up and will start the shellac tomorrow. Filling the grain is kind of a PITA but obviously worth the trouble. I will say that a little dye (transtint) mixed with water gives you much more than you can imagine. A quart goes a really long way but I will just keep the extra in a mason jar sealed up. Using the water worked great as it gives time to completely wipe down a piece of wood or side of cabinet etc without drying.

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 01:03 AM

I see you already dyed the wood.

Something to consider next time would be potassium dichromate. I posted an entry on the technique a while back…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 01-08-2013 02:11 AM

so here is a picture of it so far. Yes I realize I have some orange peel going on, I had the first coat spraying to thick and noticed it to late but I will take care of that by sanding it back a little then more coats of shellac. I need to start using the camera instead of the phone to take some real pictures but I think you all can get the idea.

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#13 posted 01-08-2013 02:45 AM

It looks good now and will only get better.

-- Art

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#14 posted 01-14-2013 12:18 AM

Almost done, shellac is complete, just waiting to decide if I want to wax it

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 02:25 AM

I think you pick the right tone. Well done. Did I miss it? Did you use a grain filler?

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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