Ternary Waves

By Nick Endle

Winning Category

This project consists of 3 walnut panels, each measuring 11 3/4" wide by 48" long, and just about 1" thick. They will be mounted in a stainless steel frame in the client's home - so I needed a high quality finish all around the panels, not just the carved side.

I wanted to finish the project with something that would really highlight the flow and the ripples in the beautiful walnut lumber - but also have some film protection. So naturally I went with General Finishes.

I applied a coat of Seal-A-Cell on all surfaces - starting with a penetrating finish that would really show off the warm tones in the grain right from the start, and allow me to fill in the pores a little.

After that, I applied 4 total coats of Arm-R-Seal satin to build protective layers, without having a super glossy or overly shiny look while still letting your attention focus on the lumber. I sanded between each coat with a 320 grit foam sanding pad. After everything was dry I rubbed it with #0000 steel wool to just slightly bring the shine down.

I feel this finishing technique (but really, General Finishes products in general) really lets the walnut do the talking, and ensures that there's no plastic feel to it - but there's still a durable, protective finish that's easy to clean up.

Products Used

  • General Finishes Seal-a-Cell
  • General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin

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