Walnut dining table finishing ideas
I'm getting close to finishing up my walnut dining table build. This is my first dining table and first experience working with this much walnut, so I think it's wise to get advice from those with more finishing experience.
I started up some tests on a couple scraps tonight. I've used Zinsser Seal Coat on a lot of stuff because I really like how it makes the grain pop before adding top coats. I also picked up a quart of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal a short while ago and used it on a small project by itself. It was really easy to apply and 3 coats looked really nice.
So, I'll do 2 coats of Seal Coat on one scrap and try the Arm-R-Seal on top of that, 2 or 3 coats, sanding with 400 grit or steel wool between coats. On another scrap, I'll just do 3 or 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal, again lightly sanding between coats, and see how that comes out.
My question is... do I need the Seal Coat, or will just Arm-R-Seal produce similar results? Can anyone predict what I'll learn from this test, or suggest other options?
As always, thanks in advance for the help.