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VinnyEIRE

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540 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany ash finish school project coffee table question finishing

Hi there! I’m Vinny and I’m making a coffee table out of mahogany and ash for a school project. The table has a top about three foot by a foot and half top. the top is a mixture of ash and mahogany that is goes in strips about 5 inches wide. i need help finishing the table I don’t know whether to use just clear coat the entire piece and let the wood’s colour be natural or to but a stain on it. Please help any suggestions welcome!


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 540 days ago

Compromise. Do a natural Danish oil, like Watco. This will let figure pop a little bit and allow the mahogany’s chaytoyance to really come through. Alternatively, rub it down with some dewaxed blonde shellac to accomplish the same thing. You can clear coat it afterwards with poly, lacquer, or even more shellac.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 540 days ago

You already have two beautiful woods from Mother Nature…why dishonor them with stain ? I only stain Pine items per customers requests, but never my own items , and never Hardwoods for anyone : )
When you say “clear coat” , what are you referring to ?

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thebigvise

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#3 posted 540 days ago

I agree with Dusty56. However, you could use a water-soluble dye to slightly darken the ash. Otherwise, the stark contrast with the mahogany could be a bit overpowering.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 540 days ago

Hit it with rattlecan copper paint wiped down with thinner to emphasize the grain, then clear coat it. That’d be cool.

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

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VinnyEIRE

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#5 posted 539 days ago

Dusty56 by clear coat i just mean a clear laquer or varnish

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Cosmicsniper

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#6 posted 539 days ago

Funny you should mention that, Clint. A neighbor of mine of asked me, just yesterday, how he should do a wet bar countertop if he covered it with pennies. I suggested rattle can copper spray paint glazed onto oak plywood, with pennies in thick epoxy clear.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 538 days ago

O’k , thank you.
If you want it to be clear without adding a yellowish tint , then you might want to use waterborne poly.
The oil based poly tends to be on the yellow / amber side.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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MNgary

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#8 posted 538 days ago

Do you want the piece to compliment the entire room’s design or stand proud on it’s own merits and be, so to speak, a shining piece on it’s own merit contrasting with the rest of the room’s furnishing?

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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VinnyEIRE

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#9 posted 534 days ago

thnaks for the advise Dusty I will keep that in mind! Gary is want the table to stand out for people to see and view!

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