Simple and natural finishes for pine

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  1. RLee77

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    I have an old pine dresser I’m refinishing, and although it’s not guitar shaped, I thought I’d ask here for advice on what types of finishes others like on pine. I want a natural-looking finish that maybe darkens the wood slightly, but not too much, dries odor-free after 3 or 4 days (or a week at most), and is non-glossy. I like finishes that enhance the grain, so maybe a danish oil type? Don’t want to spend too much time on it (would rather get back to my guitar-related projects!).
     
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    Well I'm certainly not a purist and want a finish that can stand up to a little abuse. I'd get a light stain as desired and use water-based satin or matte urethane. I know ... not the natural finish you are looking for ... I can feel the rocks flying my way already ... :eek::D
     
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    That’s not a bad idea... do the stain to enhance the grain, then use a water-base coating to avoid the lingering odors.
     
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    Minwax stain and then the're rub on poly. I just did a whole kitchen with the stuff & was impressed
     
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    Shellac works great on pine
    You can buy the flakes and mix your own

    You can mix garnet and blonde/platinum together to get a nice dark color.
    Just be careful with the garnet as it will get orange on you as you add layers.

    You can apply it with pieces of old t shirt or get a preval unit if you don’t have a spray rig.
     
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    I was thinking about shellac, since it’s my favorite finish to work with, and I already have various flakes and a preval set. No issues with obnoxious odors either.
     
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    Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil. I would use a coat or two of Birchwood Casey Sealer & Filler and then very thin coats of Tru-Oil. I have a thread on here about my build where I used it. You can do as little as 3 to 5 coats for a matte finish or many more for a semi-gloss or a gloss finish. On mine, I did 15 coats on the neck and 30 on the body. Very easy to work with.
     
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    Hoping to try shellac myself on a refin over winter break. I've seen great results from that from a number of people's builds.
     
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    I have totally different approaches to finishing furniture and a guitar. I've built pine bodied guitars and finished with both nitro and TruOil - neither would be my choice for a dresser. I would probably use simple old tung oil or one of the wipe on furniture finishes - you aren't look for gloss or depth or protection from sweat. Shellac is always a good choice but might not stand up as well as some of the oil finishes.
     
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