Curious about finishing Baltic Birch

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Forum topic by Sageish posted 07-16-2017 01:16 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2017 01:16 PM

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I’m curious what kind of finish would be best to use on baltic birch. Im ordering this organizer for a board game: (5th Image on that link)

Id like to darken it up and was hoping to use something like linseed oil because it seems to have a more natural look that I’d like than a varnish or straight up stain. Im not sure if it will penetrate though. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 04:31 AM

Hi Sageish,

Something that I have been experimenting with since I learned that bamboo is darkened that way is to bake the wood in a convection oven. The upside of that is that the color change goes through the entire piece. The downside is that the wood DOES shrink somewhat and since that appears to be pre-cut, things may not fit exactly anymore (since cross-grain shrinkage is greater than with-grain shrinkage)

I have only tried this on raw lumber where I have not cut anything to size, but it’s a thought.



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#2 posted 08-11-2017 05:32 PM

I did one with Provincial 211 and it really brought out the grain if you like that look.

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 07:07 PM

I like the light color of BB. I’d use a water white water borne finish so it doesn’t get that icky nicotine yellow color.

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 08:57 PM

Boiled linseed oil will do fine for what you’re using it for. For more penetration I’d go with a natural color Danish Oil. It’ll penetrate more and provide more protection without darkening it up too much.

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