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Tiny Walnut Box From Log With Power/Handtools #3: glue-up and finishing

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 09-02-2011 02:11 PM 5343 reads 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was tempted not to glue this box up; rather leaving it as a puzzle, since it’ll only go together one way. Ah well, I glued it with Titebond III and a bit of clamping pressure.

While the box was gluing up, I sanded the lid to 400 and prepped it for the oil.

Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil hits the wood for the first time. This is the only part of finishing I like;)

Flood coat followed by a rough wetsanded swirly coat @ 400 grit.

Popped the box out of the clamps and hit the sack.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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ratchet

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 02:31 PM

Looking good. Swirlycoat?

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Bertha

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 02:45 PM

Yeah Ratchtet, I mean swirling wetsanded pore-filling coat, as in not-with-the-grain. I think I might have made up that expression;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 03:40 PM

That finish looks really nice on the walnut.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Don W

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 04:01 PM

I always keep the danish oil on hand right beside the BLO. Nice piece so far.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bertha

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 04:36 PM

Thanks guys! I really like tinted Danish Oil. It’s really the only pigmented/tinted finish I use. I like it on dark woods but usually use BLO or Tung on lighter woods. I’m a little nervous what it’s going to do to the light sapwood. It might make the pores stand out; it might not. We’ll have to see. The sap is so dry and brittle that I’m less worried about the appearance.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 05:21 PM

I have never used Danish oil or BLO. I guess I should try them out.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Bertha

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 05:39 PM

Dan, BLO is a staple, brother. It’s fairly yellowing, though. Doesn’t make much of a difference on older tools that already have a patina. It’ll also get kind of sticky if really thick. For old tools, I like beeswax in turpentine. Nothing better. The low gloss Tung Oil is pretty nice, too. You’ve got to pick up some Danish oil. They sell Watco at Lowes for $8 or so. I get my BLO at Walmart. It’s like $10 for a gallon or something silly like that. If you heat it, it just disappears into the wood. It’s awesome stuff. Real old school, like hide glue.

Hobomonk is an expert on all these oils. Anytime I have a question about them, I just search for him.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 06:03 PM

LOG ?!!

Where’s the Log , Drew ?!!

You see any Log around Here ?!! “

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 06:24 PM

Of course , I see part of the log under the well prepared piece of walnut that you are applying a beautiful finish to. I also like the way that you do not over-stage your photos (like I tend to do ) I would have used something like these. Too fancy , right ?

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Bertha

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 06:35 PM

LOL, very clever reference ;) You laugh, but I think even our own Wayne has a fancy brush. I’ve caught myself admiring it a couple times and wanted one of my own. I’ll have to hide it from you in the pictures;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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S4S

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 07:23 PM

You better send me that fancy brush ! I’m using a shop vac and broom . And don’t be showing pictures of my kin folk without’n their persimmons . : )
Have a great Holiday weekend !

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 07:49 PM

Looks great Al, Love the warm look of BLO myself. (although dry time is another story! lol) Dan if you use BLO, make sure to dispose of your used rags properly. The rags have been known to burn shops down if wadded up and thrown in with the garbage.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Bertha

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#13 posted 09-02-2011 07:50 PM

^Thanks Stevie! Same goes for Wipe-on poly. I’ve never had one burst into flames but I know it to have happened.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 09-03-2011 03:11 AM

What? Ya’all going rafting this weekend…


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 09-03-2011 03:36 AM

Bertha
WOW that is two projects in 2 weeks. I guess you are trying to save money by not buying tools. LOL @U
Nice box by the way.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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