house name carving in bog oak

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Project by shiney5757 posted 03-02-2009 04:29 PM 3146 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece of bog oak had to be treated with some wood hardner before the letters could be cut out,
it sits at the entrance of a house with a spot light shining across the face of it at night,and looks very well with the letters standing out.
cleaned the wood with a router to give me a flat face to work with and then removed area around the letters.
finished with teak oil.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#1 posted 03-02-2009 04:32 PM

Great looking sign. I like the box you used to flatten the oak. great ingenuity. Well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 04:44 PM

I also agree – great looking and very original.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#3 posted 03-02-2009 04:49 PM

Cool. Very crisp results.

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 04:57 PM

I like it!! I like the idea of using a bigger piece of wood than just a board and how the letters are raised. I have a cheap craftsman kit that I have used a few times, but your way looks much better.

Good job.

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#5 posted 03-03-2009 07:41 AM

Now that is something you won’t see everyday. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 02:29 PM

I really like that technique for flattening a surface with the router. Might have to keep that one in my back pocket.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 05:54 PM

Great job

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 11:14 AM

Really nice work.
Just curious why you used teak oil.
It’s one of my favorite finishes for bringing out the grain, but I didn’t think it was good for exterior use….gotta reread the can I guess.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 10:33 AM

Thanks for your question Pete. Apart from “it’s what I had at the time”. Teak oil is deeply penetrating and repells water as this wood is open and cracked it protects it from getting further damage. The bog oak could be near two thousand years old. Recoated often it is still looking well.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 08:39 AM

Hi nice work , i also have a slab of bog oak that looks brown, as in your pic before treatment and finish . did the hardener make it more black looking ? also what hardener did you use? the stuff i have seems quiet soft like pine would the hardner really make it as hard as the jet black oak ?

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#11 posted 06-14-2013 04:28 PM

Hi scottishbob, the hardener was got in B&Q and is Ronseal brand, it really needs to soak in well so give it plenty of coats.
That allows the wood to be worked with, this piece was very brittle before I started work.
The teak oil darkened the wood after all work was complete, but use plenty of oil and recoat often.
thanks and lets me know how you get on.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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