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Forum topic by frye posted 12-08-2018 11:17 PM 496 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2018 11:17 PM

I’m using zebra wood for a mantel, suggestions regarding finishing would be greatly appreciated. I want to keep the natural look of the wood without adding a high gloss. Any ideas?? thanks Frye

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#1 posted 12-09-2018 12:34 AM

Tung oil

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#2 posted 12-09-2018 12:56 AM

On my mantel I used Briwax. Really liked how it turned out, and you can adjust the sheen somewhat by how much you buff it or not.

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#3 posted 12-09-2018 01:13 AM

Tung oil will work but it might be a little to use Danish oil; natural color, unless you want to add color. Danish oil is mostly Tung oil with come “dryers” added to make it cure faster and some say better. FYI Tung, and linseed oils cure chemically and bond, they do not “dry”
You can apply one of two coats, let it dry and then wax it….or you can build up several coats of Danish oil (allow it to cure between coats) until it builds a surface finish and then hand rub it with 0000 steel wool and wax to burnish it and then buff to the sheen you desire with a soft cloth.

If you think you want a hard/durable finish let the oil finish cure for a week or more then add a couple of coats of water based satin poly urethane (you can rub it down with wax too if desired).....then if someone sets a wet drink glass on it it won’t leave a mark.

OR…you can just use poly urethane without the oil but it will take 4 to 6 applications, sanding lightly between each with 320 grit paper. The wood grain probably will not have as much “depth” with this method but the color of the wood will stay the way it is without any finish.

Always make test pieces to see if you like the result before applying to your project.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-09-2018 03:49 AM

Shellac and then wax.

Take to heart:
” Always make test pieces to see if you like the result before applying to your project.”

^ Good advice

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#5 posted 12-09-2018 05:14 AM

Keep it simple. Probably the simplest finish you can apply is some sort of oil/varnish blend eg. Minwax “Tung Oil” or a “natural” Danish oil eg. Watco or Deft, all of which are available at any big box hardware store. The Minwax “Tung Oil” is my go-to finish for most of my woodworking (look at my projects if you want examples of how it looks). Super easy; wipe on, let sit for 5 minute and use a dry rag to wipe off the excess. Let dry 24h b/t coats (if it still feels tacky it isn’t dry yet). Sand lightly with 220 b/t coats and do 3-4 total coats. Gives you a nice warm look and sheen.

Of course test a bit first to see if you like it!

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#6 posted 12-09-2018 05:46 AM

It’s been a while, but I seem to recall that zebrawood is fairly porous. That would make wax a bad choice. Are you planning to use a filler?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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