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Forum topic by norybd posted 07-03-2013 06:58 AM 1066 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2013 06:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish mahogany bed frame large project

i am building a king bed frame out of mahogany. i’ve not built with mahogany before and have questions about how to finish it. I’ve read many of the posts about finishing mahogany furniture. All of that advice seems appropriate for that application. However, I’m dealing with a massive projects with many, many pieces both vertical and horizontal. With all of the number of coats and in between sanding, the discussed methodology would take me months. is there a way to get a great finish with this mahogany project that will be “doable”?

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 11:17 PM

Spray it with very light scuff sanding after every 4-5 thin coats?

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 01:01 PM

What do you suggest i spray it with? i was thinking of going with watco oil and watco wax. your thoughts?
thanks for the reply

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 09:34 PM

If spraying is an option for you, I’d suggest one of the following finishes in order of personal preference:

1. Nitrocellulose lacquer.

2. Dewaxed shellac.

3. Waterborne finish.

4. One of the catalyzed finishes (i.e. Pre- or post-catalyzed lacquer or conversion varnish)

IMHO, lacquer is the most forgiving of the spray finishes and then the degree of difficulty increases from there. On the other hand, if you can’t spray solvent based finishes safely, then a waterborne finish would be your best choice.

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 11:37 AM

i do not have a sprayer. and if i did buy one, i wouldnt know where to begin. if i use the waterborne finish, can you give me more information. i have never used anything but watco oil finishes. all of my projects have bee small. nothing like this before. so, if you could walk me through what you would do, i would so appreciate it.

thanks again for responding. it feels good to have someone who knows what they’re talking about.


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