Stave Walnut snare-how to finish?

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  1. A_T_P

    A_T_P Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I have this beautiful walnut stave snare shell that I’m looking to finish. It’ll need a final sanding, but I’m wondering about putting a stain or coating on it. The grains on this are amazing and I don’t want to cover them up with too dark a stain. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance, I’m super new to this.

    -Andrew
     

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    I really love the natural look to staining in the majority of cases. In the case of darker woods I prefer oil and clear glossy finishes.

    What stains are you considering as front-runners and are you looking to matte/glossy lacquer it?
     
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    Thanks for the reply Hop,

    In all honesty I haven’t thought of anything stain-wise really since I’m so new to this, so any suggestions are much appreciated! I’d love to keep a natural look to it though.
     
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    Natural ... clear ... that wood grain speaks.
    So beautiful.
     
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    Polyester.

    The photo is of one of my walnut stave shells before hardware holes were drilled. No stain, just the polyester. 20181013_191231.jpg
     
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    Go with your gut... I think natural w/o stain will look fantastic.


    Nice tub RIDDIM!!!
     
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    I honestly wouldn't stain a dark wood like that. When you put an oil-based finish on there, you'll see that grain come to life.
     
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    I used Teak oil on mine; two coats brought a nice sheen without being too shiny.
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone! Whatever I do I’ll be sure to post some photos.
     
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    That is nice. I'd go poly, too - and hand apply it....to rub it in and get a nice shine. I am not a fan of shiny finishes so I'd go satin, but your call. Certainly excited to see the end result!

    And are you going to finish the inside and edges, too? I think I would.....just to seal it. And BTW, if you are "new" to this, that's a fantastic first stave shell! I am not even there yet - still messing with refinishing shells.....so congrats!
     
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    Thanks Jazz! I can't take full credit for this shell. Yes I cut the pieces and glued them together, but when it came time to turn it down to the appropriate diameter I was a little overwhelmed. I contacted a local-ish builder to do that and the bearing edges for me.

    Thanks for your input, I'll certainly post some progress pics! I need to get into the garage and final sand it once the weather gets better up here in Michigan.

    -Andrew
     

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