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#1 posted 09-19-2018 10:34 PM

Oil with a poly top coat will take too long. Most definitely you don’t want to do an oil then water-based poly top coat in 2 days, that’s just going to fail.

The fastest finish by far is shellac. Dries to the touch in minutes, and can be top-coated soon after. I’d test some shellac on some scrap and see how you like it. If you want the oil to darken the walnut and pop the grain more, you can do the oil, then top coat with shellac, which will seal it all. Or you can make a rubbing varnish with equal parts oil, shellac, and DNA, which will dry faster than oil alone.

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