You are here:

Woodworking/mohagony wood


I am replacing my internal doors to solid wood mohagony. I got the doors dipedin chemical to get of the stain they had. Now look like raw wood .  I gave applied one coat of danish oil. They do look much better with the grain enhancing. I would the same natural look with a glossy rich gloosy finish.
Please help!
1. Do I wax them?vid yescwhich wax for good glossy finish.
2. Reoil with another danish coat and then bufffor for? gloss finish?
3. Your expertise.

Kind regards,

Hi Sid, since you have started the oil finish process, I would suggest continuing on, as oil finishes like this harden from within the wood fibers, and will eventually "build" like a varnish, enhancing the gloss level with successive coats.  I like WaterLox, which is a modified Tung oil finish that's perfect for your doors...dries predictably, resists water and staining better than other Tung/Danish oil products, and is renewable at any time to 'freshen' the look.But oils like this will yield the darkest of colors from the Mahogany.A beautiful look on Mahogany, but dark.There are lighter Tung oil finishes, but typically they will yield a browninsh hue. I would say you'll need to apply more than 5-6 coats to start to achieve a gloss finish, and with proper wiping and drying procedures upon application.The instructions/warnings/etc. are clearly written on the product, and the website is very good as well.Waxes will still leave the wood fairly light, yet offer very little protection, and need to be reapplied often.On Mahogany, wax alone would not get you a Gloss look, it is too open pored. Waterborne Acrylic urethanes would leave the Mahogany the lightest in color, and they dry quickly and can be a good choice, but they can be tricky to apply to large surfaces evenly without spraying.Again, the open pores of the Mahogany will need to be filled to a certain degree with a sealer or filler to start to get a real Gloss appearance...Were are you located?

Post back if need be- regards- Greg


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Greg Scholl


Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

none at this time.

Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

©2017 All rights reserved.