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Forum topic by jrhannegan posted 01-14-2015 05:20 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jrhannegan

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01-14-2015 05:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: curly maple curly oak white oak

Hey guys,

I am a newbie at wood working, but I am trying to build my brother a coffee table for his wedding present. I was going to do quarter-sawn whit oak, when I stumbled upon curly oak. Of course, I fell in love with it. I am planning to make the table top and bottom shelf out of this and forge the frame and legs in my blacksmith shop. Making the top and shelf should be a simple glue up, then I’ll have a friend to run it through his sander. My big question is how to finish this wood. I want to maintain the shimmer and depth of the figure, but I don’t want a raw look. Also, since this is a coffee table the surface has to be pretty durable. Does anyone have any ideas how I can show off the wood while adding color and protection?


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#1 posted 01-14-2015 06:06 AM

Just about any film-forming finish will work in that application. Polyurethane, lacquer, conversion varnish, etc. Sprayed or wiped. Since you want color, probably something oil-based, although there are some water-based products that add color.

How much color you are looking for might be the first place to start.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 06:08 AM

Also, welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 05:01 AM

Thanks Mark,

I want it to have a hint of red to accent the figure or grain so that it will have some warmth. Also, I want to make it a little more rich. I tried dying the wood with a diluted solution of Emperial Red dye then applying boiled linseed oil. It looks okay, but that red is a little stark. I will try a more toned down dye on the next test. I think that will give me a color that I like. The big question for me is will those finishes you recommended impair the interesting refractions in the figure? I have seen people using danish oil or wax that works really well, but will that be durable enough to handle being a coffee table surface?

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