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Finish for Greene and Greene cabinet

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Finish for Greene and Greene cabinet

Postby chataigner » 07 Apr 2015, 08:59

I've more or less completed the construction (see thread in "woodworking"), so now it's finishing time. Decisions to make and I'd appreciate some ideas/reflections...

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From what I see by Internet, most G&G furniture is finished a fairly rich mid tone. My cabinet is currently natural, pale oak. I'm wondering how best (or indeed whether) to stain it to achieve the colour of the G&G pieces.

If I go the route of a water based tint, I will need to raise the grain and resand everything. A spirit tint is not an option I feel as the piece is simply too big to get around before things start to dry and give second coat effects at the joins of wet and dry finish. One possibility is to use Danish oil or Tung oil for a paler, but more natural finish. Not authentic, but perhaps quite attractive, especially since I've gone to quite a lot of trouble to use bookmatched grain in prominent places ? I would top it off with Carnauba wax, I have both clear and tinted wax in stock.

I would propose to fit the ebony plugs etc after finishing the rest to avoid traces of tint or whatever on the ebony - agreed ?

Ideas please....
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Re: Finish for Greene and Greene cabinet

Postby Dan0741 » 21 Aug 2015, 21:58

Im new to this woodworking lark and forum, but that is a stunning piece of furniture, I have always wanted one of these. I've no idea about the question; but looks lovely!

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Re: Finish for Greene and Greene cabinet

Postby chataigner » 22 Aug 2015, 13:33

Dan0741 wrote:Im new to this woodworking lark and forum, but that is a stunning piece of furniture, I have always wanted one of these. I've no idea about the question; but looks lovely!

Regards

Dan


Thanks ! The actual build is on another thread, you can see the build and the finished piece here :

http://thewoodhaven2.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=910
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