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I have just completed a keepsake box I am making for Father's Day, and am down to just the finishing touches. I am a complete rookie in the stain/coat department, and would appreciate any advice on finishing the project.

I didn't finish with a coat before glue up because there was still going to be sanding of the 'proud' edges of the box joints after glue/up, so opted to do the finish after.

I am leaning towards just using a polyurethane clear coat, as I want to keep the look/color of the oak.

Thanks for any advice!

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Matt, most of the poly finishes will give the oak a slightly darker yellowish tint. If you want to keep it as close as possible to natural you might try Minwax Polycrylic. You cay buy this in rattle cans to make the job as quick and easy as possible. I like the satin finish, it doesn't look like your project was dipped in plastic.
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Thanks Mike, exactly what I was looking for! That 'non dipped in plastic' look, keep the wood natural if you will. Bonus they carry this at big box stores.
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Good Morning,

I have just completed a keepsake box I am making for Father's Day, and am down to just the finishing touches. I am a complete rookie in the stain/coat department, and would appreciate any advice on finishing the project.

I didn't finish with a coat before glue up because there was still going to be sanding of the 'proud' edges of the box joints after glue/up, so opted to do the finish after.

I am leaning towards just using a polyurethane clear coat, as I want to keep the look/color of the oak.

Thanks for any advice!

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First off, nice job on the box Matt. I urge you to use a clear finish as the red oak will really stand out. I like the look of several super light coats of spray can lacquer. It dries quick and can be re-coated to the desired look in a day. Wipe on Poly gives a quality finish and can be completed in a couple of days. Post a pic when your done.
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I agree with Marco... rattle can lacquer will not only work great but give you a nice depth of finish.

Since you are new to the process Matt... take a few extra minutes and practice spraying on a few pieces of scrap. Especially if you go with a Poly.

Good luck.. be sure to post a pic of the finished project...
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I'd use a wipe-on varnish like Formby's or Minwax tung oil finish in low gloss. (Yes I know they might not really contain any tung oil) It'll will darken the wood a little but will make the grain show beautifully. For something as low-use as a keepsake box, you can get by with a couple of coats and you still have time for that. Good Job by the way. I love the elegant simplicity.
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Good looking box Matt. I'd go with the Polycrylic as well.
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Beautiful Father's Day gift Matt. On my boxes if generally apply a coat of shellac; wait an hour. For topcoat I either use Zar brand polyurethane (which doesn't yellow like Minwax poly does) or General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. For the poly I generally add about 25% mineral spirits. Both finishes I apply with either a soft cotton cloth or cut a blue paper shop towel into four pieces then fold to about 2" square. I don't always sand between coats, but any sanding I use 500 grit foam pads. I then wait about a week and put a coat of Lakeone Buffing Wax on with 4/0 steel wool. For walnut I use walnut wax others I use neutral wax. I wipe off most of the excess after applying then after an hour or so I use a buffing pad on the sander. Malcolm / Kentucky /USA

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I would go with shellac all the way. It is a traditional finish that doesn't look thick like poly does. Thin the first coat 50 percent then do 3 additional coats. Three coats can be put on in just a few hours, Wait a week for the finish to get hard and rub it down to the sheen you want. The nice thing about shellac is that you can get a very high gloss like in a French finish or a satin gloss.
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