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Forum topic by AtlasRook posted 02-26-2020 05:06 PM 321 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2020 05:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple walnut finish

I’ve been working on a desktop for myself, and I went with a maple top with a couple of walnut accent stripes in the glue-up. Now, I’m trying to figure out how to finish it. I love the look of walnut with a little bit of oil in it (darkens up nicely), but I’m fearful of yellowing the maple at the same time.

After some research, a few different ideas came up. My main idea at this time is to use tung oil, let it fully cure (not just dry), then apply polycrylic. I may need a layer of shellac in between, but that might minimize the yellowing of the maple and allow the dark tones of walnut to come out.

What are some other options I have?

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#1 posted 02-27-2020 09:37 PM

I’m no expert on finishing, just know what works for me… Seems to me that putting polycrylic over tung oil is asking for poor adhesion. I’d suggest a wipe on poly over a coat of dewaxed shellac. Poly urethane is a more durable and wear resistant finish than polycrylic. My personal favorite is to seal with dewaxed shellac (sanding sealer) sand to 400 grit and topcoat with Minwax Antique Oil. Wet sanding several coats to achieve desired gloss. This is not quite as hard a finish as poly urathane, but it’s easily repaired.

My $.02
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