I use Watco Walnut finish rubbed in with the grain with a 0000 steel
wool pad. I make tables of red oak banded with walnut. I try to get the
walnut as dark as possible while retaining the ability to recognize it
as wood and contrast it with a Watco natural finish on the oak.
I find the steel wool to impart a superior finish as my last finishing
step is a satin poly. Take your time. It will pay off in a superior
Bill in New Mexico
I've taken an oath to never use steel wool again. I use the synthetics.
Maroon, followed by gray, then white to bring up the sheen to between
satin and semi-gloss. I'm now finding the gray gives a more pleasing
finish to those that I've polled.
I've used multiple coats of an oil/poly finish, hand rubbed, on walnut many
times to what I, and others, thought to be a good effect.
I was mildly surprised recently when I combined red oak and black walnut in
a project and finished both the way I usually do red oak by itself - slopped
on an oil based stain (Zars Provincial 114), followed by multiple sprayed
coats of clear shellac.
The contrast between the two woods became even more pronounced (a desired
effect), and the walnut turned out better, IMO, than my oil/poly finishes of
In short, I am beginning to suspect that even I can't screw up walnut too
bad, even with my lackadaisical attitude toward finishing.
I also like to play with contrasting woods. I have done a couple of
projects using Red Oak and Walnut that was stained with a "natural" oil
based stain. The light amber of the natural stain provides a golden color
to the Oak and slightly darkens the Walnut while really accenting the
Walnut's grain. I usually finish with oil or wipe-on poly.
I use a lot of Walnut and I normally use Watco (light or dark Walnut)
& lightly sand the wood while the oil is still wet...helps fill the
grain ..finish after it soaks in and dries with a second application
using same procedure and steel wool...
as you can see, some areas of the wood will be very delicate and
i don't want to snap off any small details. ideas/suggestions???
On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 15:43:18 -0500, Bob G.
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