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Forum topic by moke posted 10-23-2012 06:21 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2012 06:21 PM

This is a really a rookie question,and I am not a rookie, but I am stumped. I have made a number of walnut clocks. I finish them with Watco walnut, let it sit a month then spray on a poly finish. This clock is a new to me style. It has maple accents. I want to maintain the maximum contrast between the two wood to make it dramatic. The maple accents are simply 4 pieces glued to the front. ( Sorry I forgot to take photos and I am out of town.)

I have been planning on staining the walnut with conventional stain, then glue the accent strips on and apply the poly…..I am seeking advice. I want that rich look of walnut, and a light maple look. Is this a good method? I am really afraid of “assembly marks”.

I am not locked into any one method….please let me know your suggestion. The clock is complete but still in sections.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Mike aka Moke

-- Mike

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 07:14 PM

I don’t see a problem with your proposed method. My only suggestion is that you might want to try a water-based poly if you are trying to keep the maple as light as possible. As I’m sure you know, oil-based poly tends to give a slightly yellow tint to light-colored woods. Water-based clear finishes are considerably clearer, in my experience.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 07:35 PM

I would go with the water based Poly as charlie states. The oil based finishes do tend to have a yellow tint to them.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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