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#1 posted 10-30-2018 10:18 PM

I add some color to most projects, sometimes a little sometimes a lot. Helps bring out the grain. Maple blotches, and needs to be conditioned and you can read about blotch control here. Rest of my comments are based on your very limited experience – there are other finishes and methods but kiss. Also read the blog about oils vs poly. Being a dining table it should be finished with poly, oil based unless you can spray (let me know different instructions). I use plain old minwax poly, satin in this case for a matte finish. It will be thinned 1:1 with mineral spirites. Research wd lockwood oil based dye. Dissolve the dye with naptha.

Have test boards. Use them to test the finish schedule or steps. Completely finish a test board before touching your project. The dye will be mixed into the thinned poly. Test until you get the desired color and intensity. Apply conditioner as described. Apply poly like danish oil.Flood the surface with the poly and dye, keep wet for 10 min, wipe off, let dry a few hrs, repeat. Now apply the poly as a wiping varnish – plenty of info out there – with or without dye, depends on color and intensity you want. That should keep you researching for a while.

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