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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 05:01 PM

Depending on the look you want, a coat of BLO would pop the colors quite a bit. It would take a day (at least) to cure enough to be topcoated, and it would likely yellow over time. A waterborne would be (in many cases) water clear and light fast (doesn’t shift toward the amber hue), if you put it over BLO it’s best to wait quite a bit longer for the BLO to cure. Varnish (you might call this “poly”) would be a good choice, very durable it will yellow over time (most of them) though you could get an alkyd resin/soya oil formula (Pratt and Lambert 38) that has a lot less of the amber and is a really nice looking varnish. Truthfully, I’m not sure how important the durability part would be on a box like that, they don’t see the wear and tear of a table top or such, so shellac or lacquer would be nice. Both dry very quickly, and are forgiving of errors. Bear in mind, the color of the wood itself will shift over time…so if it looks different in a year, it may not be the finish.

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