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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 83 days ago 355 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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83 days ago

How do I make Yellow Heart pop?

My buddy’s grandmother carved a chess set………large pieces, requiring 2 ½” squares.

Gonna be a big board.

Going to start with 6/4 walnut and rock maple for the squares and I would like to make the border really stand out and have decided Yellow heart would be good……………plus I want to use it again.

I used some in a cutting board a couple of Christmases ago, and the color just “laid there”.

Did not get any pop at all. Maybe it was the mineral oil I used, but sure did not stand out.

So, Yellow heart experts, what do I use to make the YH pop?

For that matter, I would obviously like the walnut and maple look great also, so finishing the entire board may be my real question.

Thanks, Bruce.

-- We must all walk our own green mile


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redSLED

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#1 posted 83 days ago

Last I read, finish yellowheart with your favourite oil based finish as you would with other woods that finishes well – but do a very fine final sanding to bring out its sheen and figure.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#2 posted 82 days ago

Thanks, Red

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 82 days ago

A microwave.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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