Stave Walnut snare-how to finish?

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Hey all,

I have this beautiful walnut stave snare shell that I’m looking to finish. It’ll need a final sanding, but I’m wondering about putting a stain or coating on it. The grains on this are amazing and I don’t want to cover them up with too dark a stain. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance, I’m super new to this.

-Andrew
 

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I really love the natural look to staining in the majority of cases. In the case of darker woods I prefer oil and clear glossy finishes.

What stains are you considering as front-runners and are you looking to matte/glossy lacquer it?
 

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Thanks for the reply Hop,

In all honesty I haven’t thought of anything stain-wise really since I’m so new to this, so any suggestions are much appreciated! I’d love to keep a natural look to it though.
 

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Natural ... clear ... that wood grain speaks.
So beautiful.
 

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Polyester.

The photo is of one of my walnut stave shells before hardware holes were drilled. No stain, just the polyester.20181013_191231.jpg
 

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Thanks for the reply Hop,
In all honesty I haven’t thought of anything stain-wise really since I’m so new to this, so any suggestions are much appreciated! I’d love to keep a natural look to it though.
Go with your gut... I think natural w/o stain will look fantastic.


Nice tub RIDDIM!!!
 

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I honestly wouldn't stain a dark wood like that. When you put an oil-based finish on there, you'll see that grain come to life.
 

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I used Teak oil on mine; two coats brought a nice sheen without being too shiny.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone! Whatever I do I’ll be sure to post some photos.
 
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That is nice. I'd go poly, too - and hand apply it....to rub it in and get a nice shine. I am not a fan of shiny finishes so I'd go satin, but your call. Certainly excited to see the end result!

And are you going to finish the inside and edges, too? I think I would.....just to seal it. And BTW, if you are "new" to this, that's a fantastic first stave shell! I am not even there yet - still messing with refinishing shells.....so congrats!
 

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Thanks Jazz! I can't take full credit for this shell. Yes I cut the pieces and glued them together, but when it came time to turn it down to the appropriate diameter I was a little overwhelmed. I contacted a local-ish builder to do that and the bearing edges for me.

Thanks for your input, I'll certainly post some progress pics! I need to get into the garage and final sand it once the weather gets better up here in Michigan.

-Andrew
 

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Did you finish this one up?
I wanna see pics plz!!!!
I didn't do the polyester work.

What do you want to see pix of? The finished kit, or more pix like I showed earlier?
 

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Same question to ATP, the OP. What happened with this project?

Riddim - I, too, would love to see pics of the finished version of the shell(s) that you pictured. That is some rich-looking wood, my friend!

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What do you want to see pix of? The finished kit, or more pix like I showed earlier?
I loves me some drums, so I don't tire of seeing pics of them. I also love to see what guys are putting together themselves as I can appreciate the craftsmanship to pull it off.
So I don't mind seeing more of the snare or kit. The shell above looks like a beast and I'm really curious to what it looks like dressed out!
 

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I've always favored lighter woods in the past, but I'm really digging the walnut these days.
Kit looks great... I like the 3 floor toms and instantly thought of Tony!
 

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