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Restoring Nauset Mahogany
|Author||Topic: Restoring Nauset Mahogany|
posted 06-05-2002 10:31 AM ET (US)
I have completly striped down the sanded the mahogany bench seat in prep for refinishing... My question is, did whaler use a stain on the wood prior to varnishing.??? I asked a local whaler dealer (been in the business since the 60's) and was told to use a red mahogany stain first... Is this the case.???
posted 06-05-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)
When I refinished my wood I used a stain first. Did not like the color of the Mahogany as it came out of the can, I added some cherry stain to make the wood a deeper red. Looks great but I did not keep the formula i.e. ratio of cherry to mahogany. Would be hard to duplicate.
posted 06-05-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)
I built a seat for my 68 Nauset out of Luan and used a Red Oak stain. I can email some pics if you like.
posted 06-05-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)
Thanks much guys... Looks like I'll need to run a few trial tests (on the under side of the seat) until I get the right outcome... Thanks again..
posted 06-05-2002 11:58 AM ET (US)
Mahogany is a beautiful wood an by all means, it should not require a stain. I use a wood filler to fill the grain and then I put a coat of boiled linseed oil on the wood. After that, 5 to 10 coats of Interlux Schooner varnish. To see the finished wood, take a look at the Minot on Cetacea page 33 http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage33.html
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