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Old 12-10-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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I am cutting out some Walnut letter openers and have no idea what I should use to finish the wood with.
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I cut some heart shaped necklaces for a friend, one had a tree of life inside and the other had 2 harts and I dipped them in golden pecan and it gave them a real deep look. The one in the center is a pic that she wanted me to duplicate.
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Those are beautiful. When I made my letter openers, I sanded and then put on a clear finish like a semi gloss finish and then sanded with the steel wool and then did it again and then the third time I used a t shirt fabric to polish them up. They turned out great. Good luck on your finishing. Fay
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Walnut oil would make an excellent finish for that application. Or Watco Danish Oil.
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Tung Oil works very nice too on Walnut.

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I dip most of my projects in Tung Oil Finish and then spray with a Polyurthane Clear Satin.
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I got to remember to get some Tung oil next trip to Home depot or some where. I like the results of that. I have a book case here that I want to refinish this coming Spring. I refinished a table years ago and gave it to Mom and she took it to AZ. It is back up here now and in the garage so that table will be coming back to me. My sister in law had painted it a sky blue when she had it and I hated it so I stripped it down to the wood and loved it so put the Tung oil on it and it looks real nice. Now it had a good coat of dust on it but will look great after I get my hands on it. have a great day Fay
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I am cutting out some Walnut letter openers and have no idea what I should use to finish the wood with.
Use Danish Oil with in a hour you will be done wet it down for 1/2 hour and then coat again for 15 minutes and wipe and let dry for 8 hours you are done. I never thought it would be that easy. I just made 10 letter openers in a case.

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I am partial to natural Danish oil for a finish - bathing twice, wiping down each time, and then finish with 0000 steel wool. However, my work all has a lot of interior cuts. If I did not have interior cuts and it was something which was likely to be handled a lot, like a letter opener, I would be inclined to consider Tung oil as I think it probably gives a harder finish to stand up to handling.
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I have built a lot of walnut letter openers, and i spray with 2 or 3 coats of poly, then smooth with a paper sack. The poly is harder so they wear better. Hardrock
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