need help with walnut finishing please
I aquired about 15 planks of 30 yr old air dried American black walnut with the idea of using it for drawer fronts in my (not yet started) kitchen remodel.
We have planed and sanded one board to experiment with finishes.
Unlike circuspeanut in another thread, we very much like the appearance of the unfinished walnut with its lavender hue. I have tried a number of different finishes, from pure tung oil to poly and everything darkens the heartwood loosing most all of that lovely lavender.
I believe I have read all of the threads on walnut finishing, but haven't seen this problem.
Is there any way to preserve the non-finished look or do all options bring out the dark look?
Many thanks Carol