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Redwood Burl Coffee table

DonCalv's picture

I recently acquired an old redwood burl coffee table.  It had an epoxy or thick plastic finish that was very dark and cracked.  I have finally removed the old finish and am now down to bare wood.


I would appreciate advice on what products and steps to take to refinish this beautiful wood.  It will be used for inside purposes.




Jamie_Buxton's picture

(post #107906, reply #1 of 4)

Don, that murky dark color you saw comes from a variety of sources.  First, redwood does get dark with age, no matter how you finish it.  Second, if you use a solvent-based finish (for instance, varnish or oil), it will darken with age.   If you'd like to keep the redwood as light as possible for as long as possible, use a water-borne varnish.  They don't have the amber tone of solvent-based varnishes.   The small drawback to water-borne finishes is that the first coat does raise the grain, so expect to lightly sand after the first coat.

PaulSnyder's picture

(post #107906, reply #2 of 4)

I'd use either shellac or lacquer. Either will do a nice job as a "lense" as well as bringing out the grain and figure.


Ardito's picture

(post #107906, reply #3 of 4)

I'd wipe it with some BLO and then seal it up with some Shellac.  The BLO will "pop" the grain and figure.

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Ardito's picture

(post #107906, reply #4 of 4)

Boiled Linseed Oil

You can pick it up at any Home Depot/Lowes/Menards etc.

Wipe on a "thin" layer and let it cure for a couple of days.  Then you can put on a seal coat of Shellac.  Zinser sells the stuff already mixed and you can pick that up at Home Depot also.  Make sure you use a "dewaxed" shellac.  That way you can put a topcoat on and it will adhear to the Shellac.  I like to top coat with a wipe-on Polyurethane.  Either mix your own or buy some premixed at Home Depot.


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