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Patterson

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06-21-2019 02:28 PM

Hi all, I am building a conference room table out of walnut with some maple “accents” (like a border). The chairs for the conference room have already been purchased, a light cream color, so I’m trying to keep the maple as “bright” as possible and the walnut dark so the contrast pops.

I’m finding the problem that whatever I use to bring out the color of walnut will cause the maple to get darker. I am curious if it would be possible for me to use like painters tape over the maple sections, then non-oil-based product on the walnut, then remove the tape, and finish the whole thing with a water based poly or epoxy.

Could this work? Any advice/suggestions/help would be hugely appreciated! Thanks – Jeff


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duc996

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#1 posted 06-21-2019 03:40 PM

Hi Patterson, I am assuming the conference table top is already glued together? I’ve done the tape method but, I still get bleed through using danish oil. If, you haven’t glued the top yet then I would apply poly acrylic on the maple pieces then glue the walnut and maple pieces together and that would solve your issue.

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#2 posted 06-21-2019 03:41 PM

Best bet may be to seal the whole thing to prevent bleed, tape off the maple, spray toner on the walnut to darken, then topcoat the whole thing. Go light on toner to prevent a tape line, or feather sand.

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#3 posted 06-21-2019 04:15 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I have not started on the table yet, I wanted to do a few test pieces for the finish before starting.

So if I do them separately and apply the polyacrylic to the maple, then sand the whole thing after gluing it up, wouldn’t that mess up the polyacrylic? Sorry if that is a noob question, just trying to visualize.

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duc996

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#4 posted 06-21-2019 06:20 PM



Thanks for the feedback. I have not started on the table yet, I wanted to do a few test pieces for the finish before starting.

So if I do them separately and apply the polyacrylic to the maple, then sand the whole thing after gluing it up, wouldn t that mess up the polyacrylic? Sorry if that is a noob question, just trying to visualize.

- Patterson

No because you will usually want 3 coats of finish and in between coats you will lightly sand the whole table top. Hope that answers your questions.

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#5 posted 06-21-2019 07:22 PM

I just went to Rockler and they recommended lacquer…maybe that would work? I got a couple test pieces to try this weekend.

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#6 posted 06-21-2019 09:44 PM

Well, you dont want want polyacrylic on a conference table – way too soft. Are you working with waterbased topcoats? Then gf hi performance or Target EM9000, wb poly, and get the crosslinker for the product you use. For solvent, precat lacquer would probably be ok, or you could do solvent poly.

Newb – explains the poor explanation. Made it sound like it was glued up and ready to finish. Since it isnt there are alternatives. One option is to color the walnut, clean the edge, glue the maple on (control glue squeeze out, wax the top of the walnut so glue wont stick), wipe the wax off (depends on what you use to color with for what to use) then finish the whole top. Hope you get the maple level with the walnut (wont happen tho).

I would do as I described in the first post. Would use sealcoat or lacquer to seal depending on the topcoat.

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