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Forum topic by VinnyEIRE posted 02-28-2013 08:25 PM 1094 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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VinnyEIRE

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02-28-2013 08:25 PM

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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#1 posted 02-28-2013 08:33 PM

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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#2 posted 02-28-2013 09:48 PM

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 02-28-2013 09:53 PM

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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#4 posted 02-28-2013 10:00 PM

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

-- 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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VinnyEIRE

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 05:03 PM

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

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 05:20 PM

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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#7 posted 03-02-2013 12:51 AM

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.

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

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 03-06-2013 06:51 PM

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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