waxing unfilled Mahogany

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Forum topic by rjkinn posted 05-28-2019 01:57 PM 209 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2019 01:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paste wax african mahogany tung oil grain filler question mahogany finishing rustic

Hi folks, I’ve been working on an African mahogany shelf this weekend and ran into the issue of paste wax showing up as white specks in the open grain of the wood (on my test piece). The boards look wonderful just oiled but I had hoped to wax them as well…

I sanded it to 220, and applied two coats of pure tung oil with a moderate bit of wet sanding in between. I wanted to keep it natural feeling and didn’t use a grain filler. I’d love to finish with paste wax (I have johnsons) Would very much welcome any advice on a next steps as the boards already have the two coats of tung oil on them. Should I do a coat of shellac or varnish over that before waxing, apply the wax differently? The piece won’t see any abuse and I am looking for that warm natural wood feel.


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#1 posted 05-28-2019 02:32 PM

I wonder if a liquid wax would behave differently?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 03:07 PM

Try a sample with dark paste wax. I think I use Bisons.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 03:12 PM

Do you have a buffing brush? Like for shoe shines. Can get online or sometimes even walmart has them.

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#4 posted 05-28-2019 03:29 PM

You may need to try something stiffer than a shoe brush to clear the residue out of the grain. Something with a nylon bristle might work better. Wax is going to fill the grain no matter what, check out brown shoe polish as an option.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 05-28-2019 04:27 PM

A liquid furniture polish (oil & wax based) might help dissolve the wax deposits in the wood grain and give you the desired results. Otherwise I would also try a colored wax that closely matches the color of the wood. Several companies make a colored “restoration” type was or polish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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