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Forum topic by cabbie posted 12-23-2013 09:09 PM 957 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2013 09:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing cedar

I’ve just been “gifted” with approx. 50pcs. of cedar taken out of a closet, originally used as a cedar closet liner.
5/16” thick, with lots of character in the graining.
I’d like to use it for box making for a series of small boxes and was wondering what finish would be best for this wood.
I tried some wipe-on Danish oil on it and it dried leaving an uneven gloss: high gloss on the harder grain areas and lower gloss on the more open grain areas. I suppose I could even it out with steel wool or fine sanding, but I’d like to avoid the extra steps if it’s possible. I’d like to wind up with a low-or -semi-gloss finish in the end.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I’ve never worked with cedar before.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 11:02 PM

I make hundreds of cedar boxes a year and this is how I finish them: Sand to 150 grit, Brush on shellac, sand with 180 grit, brush on second coat of shellac, sand with 180 grit. Tack off any dust, spray with rust-oleum clear glossy finish. It is acrylic. 2-3 coats of this spray finish and you are good to go.

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 12:40 AM

Skip shellac, and finish with rattlecan lacquer.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 06:25 AM

Thanks for the responses! It’s what I like best about this site—a free exchange of information that makes learning new techniques, materials, etc. so much easier.
Clint and Jim—beautiful projects. I’ve got a LOT to learn!

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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