Question on achieving a certain color in curly maple

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Forum topic by artthruwood posted 11-15-2010 03:21 AM 820 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2010 03:21 AM

I am making the coffee table that me and my GF will use in our house when we get married.
Everything is perfect on it. The maple is GORGEOUS. one of the nicest pieces I have ever had the joy of working with.
Now to finish it the only part that is wood is the top (the base is MDF painted and lacquerd)
I want to get that bright orange color that hilights the curls as black. I think using amber shelac will do this but i thoight i would ask.
I see this color on curly maple in alot of shaker pieces.

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 07:57 AM

I would start with a good coat or two of BLO and after it has dried completely, top coat with blonde or light shellac. The BLO will pop the grain and provide some color. Blonde or light shellac will a little more color (in spite of its name, blonde still will add a bit of color) and time will do the rest. Amber can be pretty dark and will get more so in time. If you don’t like shellac, use a wipe on poly in its place.

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