For reference, the latest on my office project for which I am asking advice is here:http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=22441
So... this is the query....
I now have equivalent of about 25 sheets of sapele 8x4 equivalent which will need finishing. My thoughts are that "pre-finishing" before sticking everything together will make a lot of sense and ensure that all the corners look nice and everything gets an even coat.
I am pairing the Sapele together with "Kevazingo" or Waterfall Bubinga, which has a beautiful colour and I think I am going to finish straight with some sprayed lacquer; as this seems to make sense for large areas (unless I get better suggestions).
From what I read, lacquer will be a good, durable finish that will go the distance with wear and tear, is easy enough to repair, and if sprayed will dry quick, so be good for covering large board areas. Is this summation correct? I know people sometimes use different finishes for different areas of furniture, but I'm hoping this will be a good all round choice for durable office furniture.
If you don't know what Kevazingo is, there is a *great* thread here:
The problem I am facing is that the grain of the Sapele is freshly cut, very light, and looks a bit; well, insipid. I know it will darken naturally; and I know sometimes people just cover it dark brown to make a deep mahogany imitation; but I'm wondering what the best way to finish it is to try and match it in with the Kevazingo.
I don't want to go for the full dark brown finish, as this won't look good next to the Kevazingo; but at the same time, I don't want it to look too light and Sixtiesesque. I like the grain of Sapele, but the colour is a little light for my liking.
What process will take a sensible amount of time, yet bring out the best in the grain, and bring it inline with the KV?
Also... would you finish any of the following or parts of the following in a different way:
For example; I wouldn't mind spending more time on a finishing process for the wood panelling around the room, as it will always be on display - but I wouldn't want to finish say inside the cupboards of the desk with a lengthy process!
Many thanks for your help and ideas.