|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 426 days ago||854 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
426 days ago
I’m a danish oil kind of guy with some exceptional wood on his hands and I need some help. Specifically, I need some help figuring out the finish for a trestle table top built entirely from quartersawn maple. I love the look of the tabletop with a wide expanse of perfectly parallel grain, without a single square inch of flatsawn grain in the whole top. I’d like to exaggerate this effect by darkening the latewood without darkening the earlywood. In short I want the tabletop to be striped like a zebra, not just a vanilla white top.
Since the color difference between the earlywood and latewood is very subtle in Maple, if I just use a danish oil, the quartersawn grain won’t be evident unless you are nose length from the wood. I’m trying to figure out a way to darken the latewood without darkening the earlywood. This way, the quartersawn grain will be extremely pronounced even from a few feet away.
I’m hoping that there is a lumberjock out there that’s tried this. Does anyone have any theories as to how this might be accomplished? I won’t be able to finish the piece until I can figure this out! Help!
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