Finishing Walnut Burl veneer

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Forum topic by RocDoc posted 04-10-2018 06:01 PM 790 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2018 06:01 PM

I have some beautiful walnut veneer on drawer fronts, I have never used veneer before.
Does one sand it down prior to finishing, or simply try to build up a film finish?
I worry about getting small scratches on the crazy burl patterns by sanding, but I’m afraid if I don’t I’ll never get a good flat finish.


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#1 posted 04-10-2018 08:37 PM

Most likely you want to sand it. There are probaly minor scrathes etc in it that arent noticeable now but will be when finished. I would go over it with 600 lightly and look for problems and deal with what is found. It will also help to have the same texture on all of it before finishing. Ive finished walnut burl but it wasnt veneer. What is your finish schedule?

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 10:51 PM

Is this existing furniture? Antique?
Do you know the finish it has now?
If it is an antique it may well be a shellac / french polish finish. In that case, unless there is damage to the wood itself, you would just clean it and re-polish. You could damage the value of an antique by sanding and applying a “modern” finish.

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