Finishing Rosewood Veneer

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Forum topic by Don posted 03-30-2019 04:49 PM 210 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2019 04:49 PM

Hi folks, I am in the process of re-finishing an antique jewelry box. I stripped the old, damaged veneer (seems like plastic) and replaced it with non-paper back Rosewood veneer.

I’m at a loss as to how to finish it. I have a bunch of test strips set up using Danish Oil, Wipe On Poly, Arm R Seal, Wax but I haven’t found anything I’m truly satisfied with.

Do I need to fill in the pores first? With what?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. TIA

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 03-30-2019 10:55 PM

For a good finish, yes you need to fill the pores. My go to is French polish. There are lots of how to’s online and many “right” ways to do it. You can’t beat the shine and it isn’t that hard.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-30-2019 11:30 PM

I second Paul with the French Polish, its a super finish, the right finish for a project like this, it will enhance beautifully alll the veneer work and its going to give the right time-period look for the chest. I found the website below years ago, Guitar makers -luthiers- use this type of finish extensively, sadly the site no longer has images, but it can lead you the right direction. Hope it helps.

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#3 posted 03-31-2019 12:28 AM

Don’t know other ways but when I finish rosewood for guitars I always need to use a wood filler first, unless you want the wood pores to alway show. After that I use spirit varnishes and rotten stone to buff between coats.

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