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    Black Walnut need sanding sealer?

    Currently turning a couple of bowls out of Black Walnut. Does BW need a sanding sealer before finishing?

    Bernie Vail

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    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    to the insanity Bernie!
    50/50 IMHO on sealer...I like grain to come out and be seen. That being said, I have a habit of going for a finish that leaves a tactile finish to the wood. of my favorite pen woods is a great example of this. Semi gloss with the grain still open is a cool finish...again...IMHO.
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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Howdy Bernie, and welcome aboard.

    I agree with Jim. You can go either way with walnut. If you want a glass-like smooth surface, then sanding sealer will help get you there sooner. If you'd like a more tactile surface, a couple of coats of the finish of your choice will still look nice. Heck, you've got two could try both ways and see which one you prefer...I'll bet both will be nice.
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    It's all in what you want. I've never used sanding sealer on walnut, sometimes I have sanded to 4000 grit Abralon and a couple coats of Danish Oil and buff. I kind of like that look.

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    Thanks guys.


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    Welcome Bernie tryin to sneak in here weren't ya
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    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I say yes to the sealer for walnut.
    I will not longer even use walnut for small projects unless it is stabilized first. Kinda open grain. Really needs the sealing.
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    Oct 2010
    Abq, NM
    Bernie, welcome to vertigo land from NM!
    I use some shellac on almost everything, I like the look and love the smell. But I will put tung oil on walnut every time, cuz I like black walnut looking black!
    I like Vaughn's idea and deciding which you prefer. One nice thing about shellac is an alcohol wipe will cut it back easily if you dont want it "sealed" too much.

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    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Welcome Bernie !!!
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    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Welcome from another Bernie. I don't use sander sealer on any wood. I like to apply my finish and go. Never have had a problem big or small with walnut and no sealer.
    Last edited by Bernie Weishapl; 12-19-2010 at 03:14 AM.
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