|Forum topic by AaronK||posted 06-17-2009 05:12 PM||1363 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-17-2009 05:12 PM
Alright, I know, yet another post about finishing walnut.
From what I’ve been reading, it seems like lots of folks are into filling the pores to get a super smooth surface. My project is a lamp, which will neither get a high level of touching/wear or require a glassy finish. The lampshade is nice mulberry paper, so this is all about texture. I’m planning on using miwax antique oil, which will leave the slightest film on the surface and I think will make the wood glow quite nicely.
I’m interested in hearing people’s opinions on filled vs unfilled walnut, as well as any recommendations for direction. The pores aren’t as huge as oak – will it really detract from the finished product quality?
And if I do go with a filler, what’s the best method? On one hand i like the idea of sanding in the oil finish to get a perfect tone match, but OTOH, no sandpaper has touched this wood yet – it’s been all handplaning – which i’m proud of, and which is a first. I would hate to disrupt that.
Finally, in terms of smoothness: the last metal that touched the wood was my lowly stanley block plane which i tuned to take off the thinnest most beautiful wispy shavings and has left a wonderfully smooth surface behind (other than the pores of course). I was originally expecting to have to go over this with the scraper, but (1) I dont think my scraper could leave it smoother, and (2) I was just reading in an old book that the smoothing plane should be used to prepare the wood surface and that the scraper is only used to get where the plane cannot or on tough grain. so what are your thoughts on that?
The trivial answers to all these questions is “do whatever you want,” but i’m hoping for some more insights from all you LJs. ;-)