I'm making a quilt rack, probably out of walnut but I haven't decided.
I might use oak and stain it. Any ideas on what finish to use? I'm
concerned about the finish coming off on the quilt over time even
though it will be well cured (at least a month of drying before it will
I have built several of these and finished them with Danish Oil, Tung Oil or
Wipe on Poly over the stain. Color transfer to the quilt or afghan has
never been a problem.
Another approach is to stain the rack and make the hanger rods from an
attractive, contrasting wood like Maple or Cherry and leave it unstained
with the same top coat as the rest of the rack.
I did one for my wife last year for Christmas. Oak, with walnut accents.
1 coat of Watco Natural. 6 coats of wiped on SuperBlonde shellac, Paddy-
style. 2 coats Briwax clear furniture wax.
Looks as good as new, and she's happy with it.
I'm glad this thread was created. I'm working on a walnut quilt rack
myself for an Amish quilt that was made for me by some of our Amish
friends in Maryland. I was concerned about using tung oil too. Thanks
for everyone's comments.
On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 23:29:52 GMT, patriarch
If a finish is cured you have nothing to worry about. Oil would be the only
thing that *might* concern me with only a week to cure at a decent
temperature. Choose a finish for the look that you want.
Don't sweat it....
Other comments about wear???? WTF? It's a quit rack not a mudroom floor.
FWIW my swmbo is a quilter and I understand the time invested and quality of
a hand-made quilt
My friend is a quilter. At the shows, and some peoples homes, you have to
wear white gloves to touch the quilt. Some of these things sell for $10,000.
I would use a lacquer or other surface type finish to seal the wood.
Shellac will go over any stain you'd like to use, or raw wood.
Dewaxed shellac is a universal barrier. If it's the top coat, you
don't have to worry about getting dewaxed, the wax won't hurt
anything. You can wet sand it to a high gloss using mineral spirits
as a lube, or you can rub it down to lower sheens with steel wool.
Once the shellac is dry, it will _not_ come off on quilts. Shellac is
also an excellent finish for the inside of drawers that need to
contact clothing, towels, etc...
Dewaxed shellac is available as flakes, as Zinnser Seal Coat, and as
Zinnser aerosol spray Clear (brushable clear contains wax).
On the quilt racks I've made, my wife has made sleeves out of quilt
lining to go over the rail before the quilt goes on. Any finish you use
has the potential for getting into the quilt fibers, so a sacrificial cloth
before the quilt is a good idea.
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