Refinishing Mahogany

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Old 04-26-09, 05:40 PM
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Refinishing Mahogany

I've finished stripping an old mahogany desk, and I like the weathered/stressed look it has right now, so rather than stain/oil/wax to achieve a perfect shiny finish, I just want to do something to bring a little lustre and protect the wood.

I'm looking for some advice. Should I just go straight to some wood oil, and if so what kind? Thanks
 
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Old 04-27-09, 04:02 PM
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Mahogony looks best with a loving application of MANY coats of shellac, but shellac does a poor job of protecting that georgeous wood from modern problems. Poly is probably the best in terms of protection, and done right it can rival shellac or lacquer. I am restoring a 36 Plymouth woody, with 9-12 coats of marine poly on the ash, cherry, russian birch, looks like glass. But mahogony is in a class by itself, and an old desk deserves the best. So, you are on your own, it is your desk, do with it as you want. But be gentle.
 
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Old 04-28-09, 10:19 PM
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Numerous options. depends on the look/finish your after.

Go with a protective coating and dont stain it. Mahagony has a beautiful grain, texture.
 
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