0000004242 00000 n 0000004690 00000 n 0000001862 00000 n Woodworkers choose a type of hardwood based on the wood's characteristics and how that matches up with the woodworking project. �A�o0�0�.H��*�p[k���E �S��(0=`�n@ The two most prominent types of walnut available for woodworking are English walnut and black walnut. Next we turned to shellac. Shellac can also be mixed with colorants to lighten the dark walnut. 0000400121 00000 n %PDF-1.6 %���� This can be especially true when it comes to finishing the piece. After wiping off the excess filler or stain, additional coats of shellac or even mineral oil can bring a nice shine to the piece. For instance, walnut was the wood of choice for gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson for their rifle, shotgun, and pistol stocks. After sanding with very fine sandpaper (320-grit or higher) and blowing or vacuuming the sawdust, raise the grain of the walnut slightly by wiping the surface of the board with a damp cloth. 0000032589 00000 n 0000009775 00000 n 0000004502 00000 n 0000010923 00000 n 0000001978 00000 n You may wonder how to get a reddish cast with shellac. 0000014216 00000 n 0000013315 00000 n 0000014907 00000 n 0000035620 00000 n Additionally, it takes glue rather well, but glue run-out should be cleaned immediately because if the glue is allowed to dry, it will show through the final finish as a dark, almost coffee-colored blemish within the stained finish. 0000474554 00000 n 0000005200 00000 n q�̃ �#K3� 9��� ޶J endstream endobj 29 0 obj<>/Metadata 26 0 R/Pages 25 0 R/Type/Catalog/PageLabels 23 0 R>> endobj 30 0 obj<>/ColorSpace<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC/ImageI]/Properties<>/MC1<>>>/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 31 0 obj<>stream 0000027001 00000 n 0000028977 00000 n The lower trunks of black walnut trees are often large with a great deal of character, making cross-sections of this portion of the tree perfect for burls. Many woodworkers like to apply a grain filler to raise the grain, which would be best done after a couple of coats of shellac. x�b``a``�a`c`������Ab,S�d00�:���u�Ld:ő�~�n��YwrN��1)��AF@u����lQ��$ m ��` a�\&@���E��0F� ��@yN;Fv���%01�+pb�w��`(`�o``(o���Ł��Q�A��Y�I�������� ^}���� 2 0000016193 00000 n trailer <<58DC2B32908711DDA884000A95992518>]>> startxref 0 %%EOF 87 0 obj<>stream Chris Marshall: I second the suggestion of using an orange-colored finish as a way to enhance walnut, because it “warms” up the color of the wood beautifully (especially on kiln-dried walnut, that often turns grayish or greenish as a … 0000014644 00000 n 0000029122 00000 n 0000003974 00000 n 0000036094 00000 n 0000480102 00000 n You’ll love it. Apply an even coat of shellac and allow it to dry thoroughly for a few hours before lightly hand sanding (always with the grain) using extremely fine sandpaper to knock down any high spots. Walnut can have some amazing grain patterns that, while quite dark, can be extremely attractive when finished properly. 0000032521 00000 n 0000002553 00000 n 28 0 obj <> endobj xref 28 60 0000000016 00000 n How to Get the Best Results Woodworking With Oak, Tips for Using Poplar in Woodworking Projects, How to French Polish Your Woodworking Project, How to Apply a Beautiful Shellac Finish on Woodwork, Hand Sanding Is Essential for a Fine Wood Finish, Applying Polyurethane for a Durable, Beautiful Finish, How to Remove Dust Before Finishing Woodworking Projects. Despite the name, the English variety is most often harvested from areas of California. While there are a few shellacs that are red in color (available as shellac flakes that are dissolved in alcohol before use), most over-the-counter shellac provides an orange or amber tint at most. 0000015424 00000 n 0000003230 00000 n 0000037906 00000 n 0000004086 00000 n In spite of the sturdy nature of the finished product, walnut is somewhat unusual for a stout hardwood in that it reacts well to steam bending. 0000003372 00000 n Shellac is a common first step to finishing walnut, as it can provide a nice base from which to apply later steps such as a gel stain or glaze. It's often a matter of familiarity and comfort, as the woodworker has had good results with a specific wood so they may be inclined to avoid trying different hardwood species.Every hardwood has its tendencies or, maybe more appropriately for the craftsman, techniques for working with that particular hardwood. No, I don’t suspect you have walnut stashed in the far reaches of your closet next to the leisure suits. 0000036764 00000 n Vacuum or blow off the residue from the sanding before applying another coat or a gel stain. 0000038235 00000 n Tinted Shellac Warms Walnut Few woodworkers consider topcoat tinting, but adding a couple drops of aniline dye imparts a pleasing antique appearance to walnut. Chris is a freelance writer who specializes in woodworking, designs his own projects, and is experienced in commercial carpentry. 0000016503 00000 n 0000050880 00000 n Hand sanding with the grain is the best way to massage this hardwood into bringing out its beautiful grain, working with progressively finer grits of sandpaper as you go. 0000037974 00000 n B ell-bottoms, wide ties and leisure suits have something in common with walnut. Shellac is a common first step to finishing walnut, as it can provide a nice base from which to apply later steps such as a gel stain or glaze. 0000008575 00000 n 0000032853 00000 n This type of walnut is a bit lighter in color than black walnut, which is extremely durable, making it ideal for use in furniture and other pieces that require durability. 0000019036 00000 n H�\��n�0��H�� M"t��TW�p�织���~��I�?�ks�:w};���cl�:���/*�ڮ��Q�o.ǡ�s��.��|-�KU���n�xW��z Walnut has a reputation for being temperamental to finish, which is to say that achieving a long-lasting finish will require a little more work than simply applying a stain and polyurethane. 0000018081 00000 n We wanted the walnut grain to stand out, not be masked. If using SealCoat, apply it with a “shellac pad” – a small cotton rag balled up and soaked in SealCoat, then wrapped in a clean cotton rag. 0000013230 00000 n 0000006407 00000 n When we say walnut looks great with a finish, ... Once it’s smooth and flat, seal the wood with a thin coat of sealer. Ipe, a rare hardwood, can cause respiratory issues if the sawdust is inhaled. The first step to showing off these grain patterns is to sand the wood properly. �Ro����ԯ���5tM�����ד�z��3i�W^w��`��c��iOQ�7��&W. 0000008169 00000 n 0000015721 00000 n Dilute some orange shellac and use that as a “first” coat. Ideally, vacuum or blow out the sawdust from any pores in the wood (with an air hose connected to an air compressor) before proceeding to the next finer grit of paper. 0000016763 00000 n 0000001496 00000 n 0000403794 00000 n Additionally, some consider it to be a rainforest species that should be avoided.