- Aug 31, 2020
Somebody got an "A" in woodshop..*winkFull gloss finish on Maple, yes.
Full gloss finish on Rosewood is looking for trouble.
Rosewood is oily.
Frequently, if you apply an oil based varnish to rosewood it may never try. The oils in the wood react with the oil finish and its a mess.
I built a high gloss teak vanity a few years back and the spar varnish would not harden - then wisdom from my father. Seal it first with several coats of shellac - it creates a barrier between the oils in the teak and the finish. Did that and it worked like a charm.
This is a general rule with using any oily woods - teak, rosewood, ebony, Ipe, etc. That is why you rarely find those woods under I high gloss finish.
I will take a few photos of the neck tomorrow - I am quite pleased with the finish on the frets. The body of this guitar is temporary; I intend to build a new one from scratch, likely with a curly maple top and no pick guard - everything loaded from the back. It is possible, however, I become lazy and using front loading and pick guard.
Wenge veneer on a sub I built a few years ago.
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