Question on finishing some Oak bookcases
I've got a pretty good size job lined up that I'm getting ready to start shortly. My next door neighbor just had some oak bookcases built and had the fireplace paneled and trimmed in oak. They're all solid oak shelves and trim and the cases are oak ply. They're 99" tall (the room has a cathedral ceiling) and they run the entire length of the room and even turn the corner.
They're raw now and they want me to do the finish work. I had four or five colors of Minwax on hand so I made them up some samples out of scrap from the job. On the samples I just used the Minwax stain and allowed it to dry. I then just put on a light coat of Tung Oil and let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wiped it down. After that was dry I just put on a light coat of Minwax finishing wax. It gives the wood a very nice looking finish and they're happy with it. This will be MUCH easier than having to put on several coats of clear satin Deft which is what they originally wanted. About a year ago I put on several coats of Deft on the custom oak banister that they had built and it came out very nice. They figured they wanted it to look the same. But IMO I don't think bookcases and the entertainment center need this much of a finish on them. Do you think the stain, Tung oil, wax would be a sufficient treatment for a project like this. It will still be a LOT of work and should look beautiful when done but it will be much easier than the Deft option.
Thanks for any input!
Last edited by John Pollman; 12-13-2006 at 11:12 PM.
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