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    Cedar boxes

    New guy here, building quite a few small cedar boxes for Christmas. Looking for some advice on the type of finish I should use, I want to bring out the different colors of the cedar but unsure if I want a satin or gloss. Thought about using natural Danish oil, but I don't know enough about it.


    Thanks, Bill

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    Hi Bill
    Welcome to the family of Woodworking.
    I just finish of 4 Cedar chests with ... Formby's Tung oil Finish low gloss. Just a suggestion.
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    Formby's Tung Oil Finish is a very thin wiping varnish made with alkd resin and soya oil(not a drop of tung oil). It isn't a bad finish. I just don't like the Madison Ave propaganda.

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    Jerry

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    Cedar takes almost any finish well. I would probably use shellack.

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    Jerry

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    OK, I have to say it. Based on your avatar . . . . fish oil?
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    ahhh ? i have seen where cedar didnt like some wipe on poly very well.. it left it a sticky mess for awhile, the resins in the cedar can cause trouble..i ended up sanding and wipping it down with some mineral spirts to get it off then can back with shellac first, then the final finish.. may have been just my bad luck dont know?/
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    I suggest trying out whatever finish you want on a piece of scrap large enough to see drying results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    OK, I have to say it. Based on your avatar . . . . fish oil?


    LOL Glenn, but that might not smell too good after a while.

    Think I'll try several coats of Danish oil. I might even get brave and post pics when they're finished.
    Last edited by Bill Graupmann; 10-25-2008 at 01:37 AM.

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    I refinished a wedding chest that was cedar and used danish oil. It turned out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ahhh ? i have seen where cedar didnt like some wipe on poly very well.. it left it a sticky mess for awhile, the resins in the cedar can cause trouble..i ended up sanding and wipping it down with some mineral spirts to get it off then can back with shellac first, then the final finish.. may have been just my bad luck dont know?/
    If yer talking about aromatic red cedar, yer right. It can cause problems. Stuff I make from cedar I don't finish, just leave alone. I used to sell cedar but I don't really like working with it.

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