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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    Smile African Mahogany

    Hi everyone, ive been doing some research on what type of finish would be the best for a table (coffee table) made out of african mahogany and i wanted to ask what people think would be the best way to get a good durable finish while at the same time really exaggerating the beautiful grain of the timber so the grain and sheen that it produces really stands out nicely.

    I was thinking one way of doing it would be to seal the timber first with shellac then putting a few coats of good quality matte or satin clear polyurethain varnish over the top, filling the pores so that the grain stands out. This i believe would give the timber, good resistance to vapour exchange from the shellac, while at the same time giving it the durability of a varnish. i was also wondering if it were worth it to give it another final top coat of shellac, that way if needed be, in the future i can more easily fix any scratches etc.

    What does everyone think about that, or do you think there are better ways to go about it?

    Thanks alot


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  3. #2
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    Aug 2007


    Hi Steven,

    Organoil Hard Burnishing Oil. It is durable (if applied correctly) and brings African Mahogany up beautifully. The pics below are of a Kitchen Bench I made using AM for the top and frame, with Tassie Blackwood skirts.



  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006


    I've used Wipe-on-Poly on an African Mahogany buffet i made (can be seen elsewhere on the forum) with pretty good results. It really bought up the nice grain of the timber.

    It's held up pretty well (used a minimum of 5 coats on the top) but it wont see the sort of abuse a coffee table will see. So from a durability view point probably not the best finish, but it comes up great.


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