Help with maple & walnut finish

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Forum topic by JSilverman posted 09-05-2013 08:05 PM 779 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2013 08:05 PM

I am finishing a maple entertainment console that has walnut inlay on the top and sides. I want to keep the maple as light as possible and darken the walnut. I like the color that a waterborne finish gives the maple but the walnut stays too light—- something like Waterlox or linseed oil makes the walnut look great but yellows the maple. Anyone have a suggestion on how to get a “compromise”?

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 09:33 PM

You might try a varnish that doesn’t have linseed oil (or tung oil, like Waterlox). The only name I know of currently on the market is Pratt and Lambert 38, the formula is alkyd resins (doesn’t have the plastic look of polyurethane) and soya. This gives it a much less amber color than other varnishes, and it will still darken the walnut. Besides that, it’s really a nice finish. If you stumble into some NOS stuff, the Cabot 8000 series is the same, as was the McCloskey Heirloom varnish. The P&L can be hard to find, but you can get it online. That said, it will impart some color shift to the maple, just a lot less. You did say “compromise”.

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