|Forum topic by Hartworks||posted 02-06-2014 06:07 PM||1075 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-06-2014 06:07 PM
I am constructing a hope chest with the framework / lid made of dark walnut and the panel inserts (front side and back) made of birch. I have read about a million different ways to finish but would like to hear from someone who has successfully finished walnut. I want it to appear natural and expose the grains and figures, so I guess I am saying as clear as possible. But I don’t really like the contrast with the light sapwood. I tried some dark danish oil and that just looked too dark. I tried some BLO, which looked nice but the sapwood was still too light. I tossed two coats of shellac over the BLO and really did not like the appearance it gave the piece. (mind you these are test pieces)
What I would like is a nice even tone, as close to natural as possible. I have also read that walnut will fade over time and lose its dark characteristic.
I have not tested the birch yet but think I can just go with BLO, wash coat shellac and top coat with GF High Performance Satin.
Some direction would be greatly appreciated.
-- Gary, California