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12-05-2013 06:33 PM

I received a pile of maple boards from a friend of mine this week. A bunch of boards just the right size for small boxes for children of my friends. i have always used watco danish oil for my walnut and oak boxes with great luck. I have tried danish oil on maple before and was not impressed with the penetration and finish – does anyone have any really neat methods of finishing this type of wood – it seems to be really dense and doesn’t seem to take a stain or danish oil very well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated – THANKS !!


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#1 posted 12-05-2013 06:50 PM

I use the Watco on almost all my maple. If your having problems with it on the maple you have, maybe try some blond shellac, either by itself or with a lacquer top coat on the shellac.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 07:01 PM

As mentioned above, blond or superblond shellac would be an excellent choice for maple, ether by itself, or in combination with lacquer. If you don’t want to change the colour very much, then you might want to consider the use of a waterborne finish. Personally, I like a little bit of an orange cast on maple, so I’d probably opt for orange shellac with a lacquer top coat.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 11:08 PM

Tefinn – what color / type or brand of danish oil do you use ?

Fisherman – Also what brand do you recommend ? I have both a Lowes and a Home Depot close to my home town

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 11:22 PM

Where shellac is concerned, I’d go with Zinsser sealcoat. Watco and Deft both make a good brushing lacquer. General finishes makes a good waterborne finish.

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 12:05 AM

I agree with Finisherman for small projects Shellac is one of the easier finishes and it comes in a varity of shades Platina, then Super Blonde, Blonde, Neutral Blonde (the first with really visible colour), Amber, Ruby, Garnet. There are other rater varieties that fall outside that progression by having hints of yellow, purple, but you want come across those in any form, but flakes from a specialist finishing supplier. You can also tint shellac almost many colors.
Another easy finish is Lacquer it comes in spray cans as well as brush on, a lot of folks like Deft brand . I would always experiment on a sample board to see if it works for you.

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 12:05 AM

I put tung oil on maple and it really brings out any color variations. I’ve had shades of green, brown, and red which, when oiled, really pop out. Some of the boxes I make I just wax over the oil. Some I use wipe-on poly or shellac.

-- --Dale Page

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 12:52 AM

Go with an analine dye (med walnut is nice on maple) the go with Seal Coat followed up with dilute polyurethane (at least three coats). Allow 8 hrs to dry then apply wax with 0000 steel wool and buff.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 02:51 AM

Thanks guys – as soon as I get back to the shop Ill give these a try – temp is in the teens in Missouri today

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 03:22 AM

What’s the best thing to finish maple with if how want to leave it white? Will spray laquer do it? Will the grain still come out?

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tefinn

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 03:40 AM

1yeldud1 – I use Watco natural Danish oil. Three coats, rubbed in with 320 wet/dry paper. 600 grit on the last. After letting it cure for about a week, I spray on three to four coats of lacquer sanding with 320 wet/dry between coats. When the last coat is cured, I sand with 600 grit, then wax.

sgtq – If you want to keep the color unchanged, the lacquer will keep it the most natural looking.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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