A Classic Walnut Finish
Create an antique and durable finish on walnut with a combination of stains, shellac, and glaze
Furniture maker and woodworking instructor Mario Rodriguez shares a technique to bring out the best in walnut in this audio slideshow narrated by Fine Woodworking associate editor David Heim. He demonstrates this five-step process on a walnut fireplace mantel. See how he creates a rich, deep, antique color and provides a protective finish.
Required Supplies:– Lockwood’s water-based dye: Lemon Yellow #845527 (W1850); Antique Cherry #844561 (W1400) – Shellac: “I mix my own shellac from Behlen Flakes,” Rodriguez says. “First, I make up a very concentrated mix. Then I thin it out. I follow no particular formula, but I like it very runny and very thin. Thin coats flow better and dry faster.” – Paste wax (any brand) – Moore’s Latex Glazing Liquid mixed with black and raw umber Japan colors from J.E. Moser. “This is a slow-drying vehicle that allows you to apply and move around heavy pigment for an antique effect,”…