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Forum topic by TektonAlpha posted 02-06-2015 09:36 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2015 09:36 PM

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So I built this headboard from a big pallet that had 4×4 skids and now I’m not really sure what sort of finish I should use. I know this is one of those things that is mostly up to personal taste but I figured I see what some other people thought. I am thinking I want something on like linseed oil, but I don’t know if that’s really the right way to go.

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 09:54 PM

Linseed oil is applied, allowed to sit a few minutes, then wiped off. That last step looks like it would be a tough one on that piece. The chevron boards look to have a bead between them (maybe a bevel) but it would be hard to wipe that off. Besides, if you were thinking that the linseed oil didn’t get topcoated, it would smell for quite a while. I think you would have the same problems with danish oil, it’s generally wiped off as well. But you can get an in-the-wood look using a very thin varnish and brushing it on. Maybe a couple of coats, or apply until your satisfied. You could buy it, but making it yourself would be cheaper. If you really think you like the linseed oil look, try using SW Fast Dry Oil Varnish, thin it 50%, and apply. It has a strong linseed oil look (that’s the base drying oil in it) and it a very good varnish.

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 10:07 PM

One of my favorite finishes is Waterlox original.
You can look at my projects, the dining tables, and shaker style end tables are waterlox.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 12:07 AM

I’m hooked on Tung oil its a wipe on wipe off oil and is considered a durable finishing oil but needs to be recoated every couple yrs. It is also pungent, (musky) It can be covered by shellac which provides even more protection

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#4 posted 02-07-2015 12:20 AM

Fred, thanks for the ideas. I think one of the reasons I was a little hesitant with a type of stain is that the unevenness of the center boards might make it a little bit tougher to wipe it off and get an even goal here is to bring out the grain a little bit more on the center pieces especially.

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#5 posted 02-07-2015 12:29 AM

Tekton, any oil finish will darken the wood somewhat which is fine if that is what you want. You could also use a waterborne polyurethane which would mostly preserve the current color. The urethane also gives you options relative to the desired sheen-satin, semi-gloss, gloss. Another option would be to use rattle can spray lacquer. This offers the same benefits as the WB polyurethane. Try the options on scrap and see which you prefer. HTH

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#6 posted 02-07-2015 07:05 PM

AandCstyle Yea I think I’d like it to be a little bit darker. I don’t really know why I hadn’t been thinking of testing it out on some of the scraps from the project. I will try that today.

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