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Forum topic by billykidder posted 10-14-2013 10:45 AM 552 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple patch even tone finish natural question finishing


I’m new to this forum, just been browsing through the posts and was wondering if someone out there could offer me some assistance.

My current project is a 3m x 1.2m Maple dining table. The top has been made with 32mm hard maple and has breadboard ends pinned in with brass pins. Its still raw as I will be putting on the finish in a few days. There are however a few concerns.
1. Theres a dark patch on a section on the maple – almost like a water or oil stain. Any idea on how to get rid of it?

2. One plank is lighter then the others. I want to keep the natural look, but with an even tone.

3. I’m debating whether to use Nitrocellulose or Polyacrathane as a finish… which will pop the grain better? Or should I use something else 1st then seal with one of the above?

Thanks :)

-- Measure twice, cut once :)

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:46 PM

The 1st pic looks like a natural color variation in Maple. Try sanding a bit, or wipe it with a solvent see if anything happens.

Second pic. Stand the table top so it will get some sunlight. The tone will even out in time.

To pop the finish. Oil based wipe on poly. Many coats.

Good luck and report back

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