I'm building a coffee table that has a lacewood veneer center (10x40" )
surrounded by a mahogany frame. The lacewood is spectacular and I'm
wondering if I should use any form of stain to further accentuate the grain
or would a wipe on varnish finish be satisfactory. I have some extra stock
to use for testing and would like to hear from someone who has already
developed a finish plan for this material.
Hell no ! Lacewood is sweet with just a clear coat. I like General Finishes
Armor Seal or Deft or spray lacquer with a rattle can. Some Lacewood is real
dark brown or a little red brown, like. Use a dustmask when sanding
Don't stain it! I've made projects with lacewood, and the most stunning
finish I've found is Waterlox wiping varnish. It'll make the lacewood pop
almost in 3D. Get waterlox from Russ Ramirez at
I like your suggestion. Do you recommend using the Waterlox on the mahogany
edges, frame and legs. Is it durable enough for coffee table use? Any
sealer recommended for the mahogany before applying the Waterlox?
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