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Forum topic by TLDECKARD posted 10-14-2013 10:59 AM 1332 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:59 AM

Making a box the Marine Corps ball guest of honor. It’s made with walnut and maple. Just got done with the test fit checking the angles now I’m not sure what kind of finish to apply. Any suggestions for the finish?

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 01:22 PM

I’ve used Satin Arm-R-Seal (4 coats) on my walnut & maple boxes and like the look. You can check out my projects. But mine do not have any decorative work like yours has.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 01:42 PM

I have had much success using a bush oil base to make the grain and laser engravings Pop topped with 2 or 3 coats of wipe on poly for this type of project… I do alot military relate projects…

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 02:34 PM

I second Arm-R-Seal. I like to wipe on a couple thin coats using a folded blue shop towel, lightly sand with 400, repeat. I usually stop after 4 coats and buff out with paste wax and 0000 steel wool. It gives a nice sheen and good feel, without looking like you’ve built up a thick coat on top of the wood.

P.S. That’s a great looking box.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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