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    Default I found the laquer I like

    Not to preach to the professionals here who have spray booths and nice equipment...

    I do smaller and one-off jobs and don't have the space nor the volume to justify anything but rattle cans or brushes. I have been using the common nitro laquers with mixed results but found they are really sensitive to scratching and humidity flaking.

    Lately I used Dupli-Color acrylic clear enamel (part number DA1692) for several small projects and I am sufficiently impressed to share it here (see application on a piece of Mulberry below). It builds much more than Nitro, dries as fast and can be sanded (1000) and polished to an almost French Polish shine. On a warm day I could start from bare wood to a shiny polish in about 4 hours. Since it is marketed as automotive clear coat I would hope it is somewhat weather and UV resistant.

    Prices vary a lot but a 10-oz spray can be had at Amazon for $7 and at the O'Reilly store even at $5.80. Much cheaper than most nitro laquer anyway.

    Maybe that is old news for you guys but I was surprised about the difference.

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    Never mind the lacquer, I want some mulberry!
    Scott

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    What Scott said
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    Quote Originally Posted by srwtlc View Post
    Never mind the lacquer, I want some mulberry!
    Hard to find. There are a few eBay places selling Mulberry, usually not that cheap. I chopped up a neighbors' tree 7 or 8 years ago and have a supply of smaller pieces. Maybe I check with one of the local tree maintenance folks to let me know when they happen to have a Mulberry. Besides the looks, it is quite hard but easy to machine. People used to make bows from Mulberry (or Osage Orange which is apparently very similar).

    As for the picture, I agree the wood grain can be stunning but keep in mind this is a close-up image and it happens to be quarter-sawn which really brings out the medullary rays. It is from the pre-finished inside of this box-in-the-making. Another slight disadvantage of Mulberry is that the contrast-rich yellow/white/brown/black grain will turn into a warm amber within a year or two in light. Still pretty but not as spectacular.

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    Kind of figured it was quartersawn. Have had some veneers with similar appearance.
    Scott

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