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I picked up a couple boards of African Teak on clearance at a local shop over the weekend and fashioned a coat rack out of one of them last night. I'm a newb and haven't worked with it before and am looking for suggestions on finishing it that will bring out the grain nicely and maybe darken it a bit. I have the bare wood sanded to 220 grit. Ideas?

My next book purchase will be one on finishing techniques. I'm just looking for some advice on this one piece. Any help is very much appreciated!
 

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Depends on the look you're going for. If you want an unfinished natural look that just pops the grain, but without adding a lot of gloss, one of the products marked as teak oil would do the trick.

http://www.rockler.com/teak-oil?utm..._campaign=PL&gclid=CO-s6dv8lLsCFepQOgodQw0AgQ


Next step up from that for me would be Waterlox Original. This builds finish very slowly and gives you complete control over the gloss. When you get the gloss you like, just stop adding coats.

You can also polish teak without any finish at all if you just keep sanding with higher and higher grits. Micro-Mesh to about 12,000 followed by a coat of wax gives a look and feel that's really neat.
 

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Any of the oil finishes would work fine. If you are going to use a polyurethane or similar finish then the oil content of the wood may give you some trouble. It would be best to wipe the wood down with acetone prior to finishing to clean as much oil off the surface as you can and then for adhesion it would help if you would seal the wood with Zinsser Sealcoat before topcoating.
 

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Yes, I looked that up while in the store and found that Iroko is commonly called African Teak, and that's definitely what I have. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroko
 
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