I am turning the final corner to head into the home straight on my vanity table and need to start asking a few finishing questions here.
I have never worked with Mahogany before but this stuff is wirery or stringy and very seemingly porous. I dont quiet know how to describe it but its like hair glued together.
So i been thinking i guess i should be thinking of sealing it before any finish?
So if i use shellac then what should i put over it?
Do i use any stain? i like the redish color its got naturally and hoping it will contrast nice with the maple.
One thing though what would help get the mahogany consistent. Seems to have shades from light to dark across the wood. When i was planing and jointing this stuff it sure had some mean tear out at times but i got that sorted. Seems like wild wood.
Then what do i do on the maple. Some of it is tiger maple, how to do i get the stripes to pop more. Its probably not top grade tiger maple but its definitely got the stripes in it and i managed to have the stripes run horizontal across the frame.
I aint doing BLO on this job and have got wipe on poly satin but i was wondering what prep work i should do on the mahogany and maple.
I am clueless when it comes to finishing and this has been a long haul so i dont want to mess it up in the final straight but i am now wanting to get it done and out the way.
Any advice and help or guidance will be most appreciated. This is my first real piece of furniture that i would be prepared to even call furniture.
Fire away please i gotta get my mind around this.