This blog follows this one I messed up when I tried to put them in the same series.
Had some downtime last night. So I picked up that saw handle. I used mineral spirits and wiped it as clean as I could. Then using a small sanding block and 150 grit paper started sanding at the flat planes of the handle. The wood is hard but so dry it just turns to dust. I realized quickly that some of the staining will have to stay as it had penetrated the wood so deep that trying to sand it out will be impossible unless I want to alter the thickness and some of the curves permanently. I dont. After the flat surfaces were done I went on to the curves. Saw handles were not designed with sanding in mind. I was very mindfull not to change or alter any of the curves and bevels. Tough with the wood being so dry. Repeated the whole process with 220, 320 and 400 grit paper.
After the sanding I wiped it clean again and stuck it in a Ziplock baggie with about a quarter of a cup of BLO. rubbed it thoroughly for about 10 minutes and then using a straw sucked out as much of the air from the bag as I could. BLO tastes like crap btw. I let it rest for an hour. Afterwards I removed it I wiped it clean of all the excess oil. Its now drying.
Once it has had a few days to cure I will sand it again with 400 grit and apply some Poly layering up to 1000 grit paper.
Next up is the blade.
—“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien
-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien