What kind of finish would you use?

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 03-06-2012 05:28 PM 880 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is hedgewood, its very hard wood, perhaps the hardest in North America. I will be sanding more until it gets to a fine polish, but I want to protect this wood. I plan to cut some UV protectant glass for it because UV light will grey the wood.

What kind of product would you -experienced- wood workers use.

I know it’s rare that anyone would work a piece of hedgewood, but I got it for $20.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 02:05 AM

Russel, I build quite a few boxes from hedge. It is the hardest, most dense, and hottest burning wood in NA. Any finish that I have used will darken it (haven’t tried water based poly) but I have never had any turn grey. Let me know how this turns out. If you have any scrap, try some water based poly and post a pic.

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 02:09 AM

I wish I did have some scrap, this is the only piece. Most people will say that air and UV exposure will cause hedge to turn anything from orange to grey, so the key is to seal it from air as much as possible and put a UV glass on top and hope whoever I sell it too won’t put it in sunlight.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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