Finishing Schedule and Photo: Shellac Washcoat and Mahogany Toner on Poplar
My final schedule was:
A lot of work for me (learning curve thing), but I'm happy with final results. Thanks for the time and generosity from this forum - it would take so much longer without the experience here!
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From contributor R:
Looks good to me too! Nice work for poplar... but if only your client would ante up for mahogany, your life would be so much simpler. But your bank account may be fuller as a result of so much time and effort spent on achieving the desired effect.
I do a lot of on-site finish work for builders that don't want to spend the extra money to complete a library or a set of bookcases in one species of wood, and then want all the different wood types to match and blend together... I just don't get it.
From the original questioner:
You're right about using the mahogany from the start! I was not trying to do that (imitate mahogany, but now I know I can and that is a nice trick to have in my arsenal). Actually was just trying to get the right tone. I was matching some maple casing that was stained reddish brown/tan. I got the overall color/tone right - just the poplar is so much more porous and even though I used a washcoat, I still got too much pigment in the pores. I'm learning and that was a long frustrating lesson.
From contributor B:
Nice color. One of the things about poplar, cottonwood, magnolia, and gum is that they satin so well. That is why they have been used in furniture for a couple of centuries.
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