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Bearpaw

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11-20-2013 05:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing rustic

A friend ask me to make some foot stools from three pieces of cross cut popular. I have cleaned off the bark and sanded them smooth. They were sitting in their basement before I got them. They were cut sometime this summer. I have had them in my unheated shop for sometime. I have not checked their moisture content since I do not have a way to do so. These slabs are from 2” to 4” thick. I will make an attachable frame for the legs. I believe if I drill holes for the legs it will cause the slab to crack later. It still may and I have told my customer that.

At what moisture content can they be finished and what would be a good finish to use? My customer wants only a clear finish. The wood is showing nice color from black to green to white to some pink. Since these are cross cut it will absorb lots of finish. I think they do not want a shinny finish. So what should I suggest to them?

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin


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#1 posted 11-20-2013 05:53 PM

I’ve used the Varathane natural oil-based finish on poplar with good results. If another coat is required, then the Deft satin brushing lacquer makes it nice to the touch.

Hope this helps.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 06:16 PM

A good range to shoot for as far as mosture content goes is 6-12 % . 12% is pushing it. A real simple finish is to take some roof patch and thin it with naphtha or mineral spirits until you get the color you want let dry and spray some shellac over the top. your best to try it on a sample board first. If you want to just clear coat it without color I would brush or spray a coat of general finishes Arm R Seal, if that’s to glossy just lightly sand it with 320 to take some of the shine off of it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 10:43 PM

Jim,

Roof Patch?

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:47 PM

Crazy isn’t it, actually it’s a base in lots of brown toned wood stains ,experiment with it and see for your self the more thinner you use the lighted the color.
One of many tips I got from Charles Neil

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 10:56 PM

Just so you know, that poplar isn’t going to retain the green color for long. The heartwood tends to become a tan color as it ages.

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 11:00 PM

Jim,

But what do you mean by roof patch? I have heard of using a roofing primer, but …..

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 11:52 PM

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 12:11 AM

Aka: Roof Cement…...

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