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Forum topic by JoeRPhilly posted 07-02-2014 03:33 PM 513 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2014 03:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

I’ve been working on this toy box/blanket chest for my daughter. Made from some cool french walnut that has some curly figure and worm holes/tracks. I really want to highlight the curly figure, obviously.

I’m just looking for some advice on how to finish this piece. It will reside in my living room and will probably be used as a bench at times and with a small child, protection from spills, crayons, etc will be an issue.

I don’t have the ability to spray. I tried a few test boards using BLO, shellac, poly. So far, it looks like the BLO brought out the most figure and color. I would of course top this with probably shellac and then some poly.

I want to hear what you would do


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#1 posted 07-02-2014 03:40 PM

Good idea. I just finished one and used watco teak oil, let it set for 5 days and 2 coats of wipe on ply. You can see what it looks like on my projects. Good looking blanket chest you got there.


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#2 posted 07-02-2014 03:54 PM

Garnet shellac – brings out the grain and easily repaired.

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

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 04:00 PM

3 to 4 applications of BLO, 7 to 8 days of dry/cure, final finish of WB poly. I’ve got several pieces that I’ve finished that way that have survived three kids into their teenage years, not uncommon for me to find acrylic paints from craft projects or the girls doing their nails on the kitchen table, the spills come right off, with a bit of scrubbing with the dish sponge. It’s nearly bulletproof

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