|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 158 days ago||694 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
158 days ago
I am turning to you all for answers and opinions as usual…
Today was my first meeting ever to do commissioned work for a total stranger. I am pretty excited and am trying to start working out the price. The project includes a set of 3 steel tables with solid wood tops, and 4 wall hung free-floating wood shelves. I took some samples over to them to give them some options for wood type. They had requested “rustic” looking wood, so I used a wire-wheel brush on a grinder to rough up the surface of the boards, and broke most of the edges and corners with the spokeshave. They ended up liking the White Oak with BLO on it (which I had just sort of put on to darken it up a bit). These tables and shelves are going in the kitchen, so the BLO will not work for waterproofing purposes. I am thinking an oil-based wipe-on poly might work for this situation, but I am a little worried about applying the poly evenly and effectively on the rough and uneven “rusticated” surface. I don’t want to brush it on, because I know the poly will just pool up in the low roughed out spots, and the piece will lose its rustic look. I also don’t have a sprayer.
Do you guys think I could use wipe-on poly on this rustic wood? Any alternates or brilliant ideas? Also, could i just add a tiny bit of dye to the poly to darken it up a little bit?
Thanks in advance, you sages of finishing
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