Finishing Alder on a DC Jr Scratch Build

Discussion in 'Glues, Fillers & Painting' started by Fret Hopper, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Fret Hopper

    Fret Hopper Member

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    I am bulding a DC Jr with an alder body, and a 5 piece laminate neck (3 maple. 2 walnut).

    The alder has some nice symmetrical grain running the length of the body and I would like to do a Mary Kaye style finish. I have read that it is hard to get the alder grain to come through on a Mary Kaye finish. Has anyone had any positive experience getting alder grain to show through a translucent finish? I am looking for a subtle showing of the grain, nothing dramatic.

    I had posted this question on my build thread on MLP Luthiers corner, but have not gotten any responses to the questions I have posted.

    Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.

    If it is helpful, I can post pics later tonight.

    From the ozone...
     
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    With trans finish, all you're really going to get is subtle grain showing. There's not much variation in alder grain, so you'll basically never get it to pop.
     
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    Adam,
    I appreciate your taking the time to reply. I will post pics in the build thread I will be putting on LT. Originally I started a build thread on MLP, asked a number of questions, but got no responses on the Mary Kaye finish question. I have 765 views and only two responses - TNT423 and Barnaby. Both inspirational and helpful, but no one else chimed in.

    I actually have two builds in progress - one using a GFS clearance sale body and a scratch build. I think I will post two build threads - the scratch and the pitfalls of the GFS body.

    It's time for a beer and planning for the next step in my builds.

    From the ozone...

    Mark
     

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