I'm just completing some built-in wardrobes that I've been making for a
while now, and thoughts are turning to the application of a finish for them.
The external visible panels, face-frame, doors and shelf-edges are in
american black walnut, on which I'm using danish oil and clear wax.
The interior is mostly maple-veneered MDF, and I've tried the oil on scrap
offcut, but it darkens it unacceptably (resulting in a colour not dissimilar
to pine, which wasn't the contrast and effect that I was after). Clear wax
on it's own gives a good colour.
The question is: will the wax alone is sufficient (it's clear Briwax
original) finish for the maple interior, or whether there should be an
application of shellac or similar first?
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk