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Nuts about Walnut

Flawless to the finish
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Use a water-based walnut dye to
blend walnut's light sapwood and
dark heartwood. Start by moistening
the heartwood with water to
determine its finished color before
feathering in dye with water.

Flawless to the finish

You'll find that walnut accepts finishes with ease. Normally chosen for its natural dark color, walnut is rarely stained. It might, however, require some selective coloring to even out tone variations, or match sapwood to heartwood, as shown above right.

Filling the pores before finishing creates a super-smooth surface; and because you can do it without messy commercial pore-fillers, it's easier to accomplish than with other woods: After sanding, simply flood the surface with Danish oil, wet-sand thoroughly in a circular motion with 400-grit wet-dry abrasive, and remove the excess slurry by wiping it perpendicular to the grain.

Simpler still, a film-forming, oil-based varnish imparts a warm glow and multi-layered, multi-hued sheen to the wood.

Continued on page 8:  Refreshing kiln-leeched color


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