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Help - Does anyone have any experience finishing shagbark hickory? I have a modern style cabinet and desire a modern look, i.e. not cover the grain, lighter color, and emphasize the exposed joinery. I used walnut for wedges and pins, and gouged butternut for panels and wish to use one finish - the butternut being major, walnut minor.
I used both the early and late grain in the hickory, and thus have the nice chocolate color and the brilliant white grain throughout. I really want to keep the contrast, yet bring out the chocolate color (hence the walnut details). Any suggestions? By the way, working with hickory is similar to working on a rock - gosh, it machines so nicely, but it is so prone to tear-out and it just destroys an edge. It's so hard I'm a bit afraid of the finish - it is such a different wood.