Curly walnut table

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Forum topic by ChrisRand posted 310 days ago 508 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I found some beautiful curly walnut that I’m making into a round dining table. I want a very smooth, high gloss finish that highlights what I hope will be a lot of chatoyance, or grain pop, but I’m a newbie at finishing work.

I’ve had a number of different thoughts and suggestions, including starting with BLO followed by zinnser sanding sealer then lacquer, to using Waterloo sealer and high gloss finish.

I’ve also had conflicting views on dyes and pigments given to me. Basically, I’m more confused now than before I started my research. The walnut is so nice I don’t want to screw it up. Help!

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#1 posted 310 days ago

I had good luck using Formby's Tung oil finish on a “piece of curly walnut.

My piece is a small piece, that could be a big difference.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#2 posted 310 days ago

Here’s a great thread to help you out.

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