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DIYaholic

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204 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany maple walnut curly maple finishing

My proclivity towards procrastination has me looking for a quick and easy finish, for several last minute Christmas gifts. As a newbie, most of my projects/finishes have been for shop fixtures, where I used BLO and Johnson’s paste wax. I don’t believe time will allow for an oil & wax finish, as none of the projects are even completed yet, plus pine is NOT amongst the materials list! I’m looking for something a little more appropriate, to finish off my first projects made of “real” wood!!! I’m building several clocks, some designed with an Asian inspiration, and the others in a more modern/contemporary style. Also, I am not setup to do any HVLP spraying.

Specifically, the materials in question are:

African Mahogany
Hard Maple
Walnut
Curly Maple

Local availability will determine what I eventually use. Bringing out the figure of the Curly Maple is my primary concern. Next would be doing justice for the Walnut & Mahogany. Being new to finishing, I’m looking for HALF way EASY! Being in a rush, I’m looking for FAST! So, I guess I’m really seeking a “Half-Fast” finish!!! ;^)

I would do a massive LJ search, but I’m busy in the shop, frantically building away!!! I want to thank everyone, in advance, for taking the time to respond to my desperate plea for help….

Thank you and may the force be with you! I mean, may you have a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (or whatever your holiday of choice is) and a fruitful New Year!!!

Again, thank you.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?


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Earlextech

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#1 posted 204 days ago

Shellac can be found at almost any store that sells paint. Rag it, brush it, roll it or spray. Stain under it, stain in it. Sealcoat is dewaxed shellac in case you ever want to put a different finish over it. Dries fast.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 204 days ago

Wipe on poly goes fairly quickly. Shellac is about the fasted for drying.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 204 days ago

+1 for dewaxed shellac

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 204 days ago

Sam & Monte,
Thanks for the quick responses.
Since I need to add to my “inventory” of finishing supplies….
I’ll be picking up shellac, wipe on poly and maybe a few other things on the shelf.
Gotta love any excuse, to spend money!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 204 days ago

Thanks,
waho6o9!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 204 days ago

I put two coats of Shellac ,sanding them both and then two coats of spray Acrylic finish. (Rust-oleum clear finish) I get both produces at Lowes. Gives a gloss finish.

-- In God We Trust

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 204 days ago

Shellac is quick, but not that easy. It’s going to require some finesse after it cures (shellac shrinks quit a bit). Go with some rattle can lacquer. You can lay down 3 coats in an hour. It looks really nice and if you are careful you won’t hae much sanding/rubbing out to do

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 204 days ago

Shellac can have a yellowing effect on maple, poly is better.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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dbray45

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#9 posted 204 days ago

Lacquer is faster and is resistant to alcohol. But is a pain to use.

If you have two days, for the woods that you list, I would MW tung oil finish – which is a tung oil poly mix – two coats and it will look nice. If you are going to shellac don’t use the box store shellac – get the flakes or buttons and mix it yourself. You can get this from Rockler, Woodcraft, Shellac.com to name a few. The alcohol you get from the box stores.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 204 days ago

Jim,
I haves me a Lowes, right here in town. I’ll be heading there in just a few minutes. Thanks!

Joe,
Thanks for the heads up!

I like it when not everyone gives the same suggestion. This gives me a variety of finishes to try out!!! Plus, I get to spend more money!!!

Headed to town, to pick up additional clock building supplies & some finishing supplies!!!

Keep the suggestions coming!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#11 posted 204 days ago

I vote poly. Ease and speed.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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HamS

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#12 posted 204 days ago

Wipe on Poly is nothing more than regular poly thinned. I use 3 poly to 1 thinner and wipe it on with the same results. I like to wipe on because my shop is far to dusty and I don’t have a finishing room.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 204 days ago

My finishing schedule for poly is about 7 days. I wouldn’t call that quick. When I need a super fast finish I will sue shellac or spray lacquer. I’m pretty good with a rattle can now. I actually have really good results with the minwax stuff in the black can. 20 minutes between coats, no sanding and I just rub out the final coat with steel wool and wax.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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boxcarmarty

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#14 posted 204 days ago

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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dbray45

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#15 posted 204 days ago

boxcar – that is actually pretty good. I use the R-O enamel because it is one of the few paints that harden when dry – unlike latex.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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