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  • Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

    Well I went nuts and bought a couple of boards of roasted curly today for the magazine rack I'm building for the in-laws as a surprise Christmas gift. Yeah, I know, that's an awful lot of wood for a mag rack! Be that as it may it's jointed, planed and rough cut to size with just the final sizing and joinery to be done before I dry fit everything.

    I was thinking of just giving it some oil or even a light coat of shellac but as I've never used this wood before I thought I'd risk it and ask you, my esteemed peers for your opinions.
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    Re: Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

    Dave in Calgary made an armoire out of roasted, I think he used shellac.
    Cheers,

    Martin

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      Re: Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

      Re: Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

      Don Kondra's Secret Magic Mix would be my choice......

      Cheers

      Michael

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        Re: Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

        Re: Opinions on finishing roasted curly maple

        Depends what you want it to look like and how much abuse it's going to take. Due to the colour of the wood, I would suggest a shellac base coat (to enhance any grain or figure), and then a lacquer or poly topcoat for added durability. What you use depends on how you are applying the finish(es).
        Do samples and see what you like.

        Good luck..........Paul

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