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Reaper417

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08-31-2014 01:02 AM

Hey guys, my friend is making a small dresser. The top is going to be an oak slab and the front is going to be black walnut. Can you give me any ideas how to finish something like this? He wants to show off the wood. Thanks in advance…....Dave


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 01:51 AM

For me, showing off the wood means bringing out the color. I usually use just oil based poly, but there are many ways.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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endgrainy

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 03:37 AM

I like the oil/varnish blends, like Arm-R-Seal:

http://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/oil-base-top-coats/arm-r-seal-urethane-topcoat

It’s pretty durable and produces the depth that oil finishes are known for.

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tomd

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 03:50 AM

An oak top slab is going to have to be filled and it better be very dry slabs tend to move. The large pores of oak on a top if not filled will not look smooth and the pores will stand out. I like Rockler’s Crystallac clear wood filler.

-- Tom D

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 04:01 AM

far the walnut, consider this dyeing process: http://www.woodworkerssource.com/blog/wood-conversations/3-great-ways-to-hide-sapwood-in-walnut/

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 12:25 AM

I like to fill the pores and TimberMate is fast and easy. Then your choice as to lacquer or poly topcoat.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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BLarge

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 01:09 AM

Wipe on varnish. Get some varnish, cut it by 50 percent with mineral spirits, wipe on coats until you get what you want.

I’d fill the grain in oak, I like that look better

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