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Nov 5th, 2020 at 8:43pm
 
What finish would you recommend for a solid Walnut desk top.
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Re: Walnut top desk
Reply #1 - Nov 5th, 2020 at 8:55pm
 
Ornamental, utilitarian or somewhere in between?
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Reply #2 - Nov 6th, 2020 at 12:40pm
 
One of the early responses to questions like this typically "ask ten woodworkers and get eleven (or more) replies."

In addition to Ed's questions, what finishing experience, is it for you, a friend, or a customer, how is the rest of the table finished, is there a desire/need to add color the wood, what sheen (flat, satin, some gloss, gloss) is desired?

Not trying to be difficult, just learn enough to respond.
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Reply #3 - Nov 6th, 2020 at 1:21pm
 
While I'm still on the fence about the notion of "no stupid questions"
I know for a fact, there are no simple questions
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Reply #4 - Nov 6th, 2020 at 7:23pm
 
The desk will be painted Swiss Coffee and I want to but on a clear satin finish on the walnut top.
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Reply #5 - Nov 7th, 2020 at 8:26am
 
I would recommend 2 coats of Poly. But why paint walnut? I sit at a Black Cherry desk and love to see the colors and grain.

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Reply #6 - Nov 7th, 2020 at 12:19pm
 
Any type of polyurethane is going usually durable enough for a table top that gets daily use. There are plenty of sheens to choose from. It;s up to you of course but if it's water-based paint, you might want to stay with a water-based urethane, the same goes for oil-based products. I would also suggest you write down what you used on a card and file it or tack it to the underside of the table. This is a great help in the case of refinishing or repair.

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Now as far as painting wood, I don't see the point. Undecided
If you can't see what it's made of, it might as well be plastic.
Painting wood is a hate crime in most cases. A judge will have to decide.  Grin
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Reply #7 - Nov 8th, 2020 at 7:05pm
 
The desk is for my granddaughter. She wanted a white lower with a top stained walnut.
I built the lower out of poplar and sprayed painted it Swiss Coffee. The top is solid Walnut. So no need to stain it.
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Reply #8 - Nov 8th, 2020 at 7:56pm
 
Todd Oleson wrote on Nov 8th, 2020 at 7:05pm:
I built the lower out of poplar and sprayed painted it Swiss Coffee. The top is solid Walnut.


Well now that makes more sense.  Thumbs Up
Personally. I like a Tung oil finish on walnut. it might not be durable enough on it's own but you can always put an additional coat of clear poly over it with the sheen you want.
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Reply #9 - Nov 9th, 2020 at 10:19am
 
I just finished an oak table and used 8 coats of Antique Oil.  The wife didn't want the plasticy look of poly but did want a little shine.
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