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#1 posted 07-02-2016 01:48 PM

I’ve tested Dresdner’s, and Bob Flexner’s, information concerning oil based poly or other varnish providing the same look as BLO, and it is accurate information. Varnish will provide the “chatoyance”, grain pop, i.e. reflective properties of the wood same as blo or shellac. The color of the varnish impacts the finished color/look of course. Here is more info on the subject. Don’t use marine/spar varnish for indoor use – the higher oil content simply results in a softer finish that takes longer to cure.

Leftcoaster, if spraying the finish, WB poly is a good choice – I like Target EM9000. I recommend getting some Transtint Honey Amber to mix into whatever WB poly you use. The WB finishes can take on a bit of a bluish, or some pinkish, hue and the TT gives a color more like oil based varnish. If brushing/wiping, use ob poly. The wb finishes set up too fast, especially for something as large as a desk. If you use ob poly, you don’t need the shellac to pop the grain.

I like to color walnut, usually a medium to dark brown color. Especially kiln dried walnut can have a grayish tint and the color warms it up.

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