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Forum topic by Quartzee posted 435 days ago 646 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Quartzee

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435 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cherry jatoba finishing question box jewelry box

Hey guys, this is my first box ever and I made it for my fiance for our wedding day. I’ve built some other things when I was younger and I enjoy refinishing antiques but I typically use a finish like minwax and poly. I want this box to have some luster and not be too dark so the wood grain pops a little. Can you guys give me some suggestions on products and techniques? I’ve done a little research and I found that tung oil looks nice but I don’t know what to buy or if tung oil needs to be completed with a poly coat. Thanks!

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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 435 days ago

Rattlecan clear lacquer. Don’t overwork it.

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

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tefinn

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#2 posted 435 days ago

You could use a Danish oil like Watco natural to pop the grain. Then top coat with a clear lacquer like Clint said. The lacquer can be whatever sheen you like it to be.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Finisherman

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#3 posted 435 days ago

A coat of orange shellac would make that box look spectacular. You can either brush it on or spray it on with an aerosol can. Shellac is also a wonderful finish for antiques. It is an authentic antique finish and is easy to renew with a little bit of sanding and another coat of shellac. Clint’s suggestion concerning the use of a rattle can of clear lacquer is also an excellent one. Oh, and by the way, congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming wedding.

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Brandon

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#4 posted 434 days ago

Hopefully you have some scrap pieces to test on first. I usually use oil first—but my experience with jatoba (brazilian cherry) has been mixed based on the specific piece of wood—- sometimes it gives a nice red color and other times it turns the wood very dark.

Nice box! It’s really good for your first major project in recent years.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 434 days ago

Both of those woods darken considerably with time regardless of what finish you apply. Depends on what look you are going for. BLO and wax give a nice soft patina to the two wood species. Shellac or lacquer if you want a ‘harder’ shine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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