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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 12-18-2008 04:48 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2008 04:48 PM

I am needing to finish a wall clock made from medium figured curly maple. I am looking for a finish that will highlight the curl but not over power the design and features of the piece. My thought was several coats of tung oil rubbed out with steel wool. Any other ideas?


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#1 posted 12-18-2008 05:45 PM

T-Chisel has a video of him finishing a slant top tiger maple desk. He used a coat of boiled linseed oil followed by shellac. It really made the grain “pop”. You might compare that with the tung oil on some scraps.

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#2 posted 12-18-2008 06:29 PM

If time is a constraint, avoid oils.
Seal with dewaxed shellac ( e.g. Zinsser SealCoat), then apply a fast drying wiping varnish.

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 07:30 PM

I love tung oil – am a big fan of Waterlox. Used to use the Watco, but Waterlox is higher solids so keeps the naturaly feel, but offers better protection than danish oils. But a clock is not going to see any real wear&tear especially since it is on the wall so will not be kicked or bumbed with a vacuum.

My second choice would be to use a blonde shellac – easy to apply, few dust nib issues and easily repaired for the next hundred years.

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