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post #1 of 5 Old 11-06-2019, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Live edge Shelf

I am in the process of finishing a walnut live edge shelf. Can someone recommend a good stain and final finish to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. It will be mounted on corbel brackets. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-06-2019, 11:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Steve! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel.

What wood is your shelf? Do you have the capacity to spray or will you be wiping a finish on the piece? We do like photos, btw!

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The shelf is walnut and I am able to spray
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-08-2019, 12:04 AM
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If it's Walnut then I wouldn't stain it at all. I like Nitrocellulose lacquer and use it for about 95% of my finishes.

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For a walnut shelf, if it is not expected to get wet, I would recommend a wipe on oil, such as 100% Tung oil. Sand it to 220 or 320 grit, then wipe on the oil. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then apply another coat and wet sand it with 400 grit silicone carbide paper. Wipe off the excess and let it dry.
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