house name carving in bog oak

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Project by shiney5757 posted 1875 days ago 2176 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 1875 days ago

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 1875 days ago

I also agree – great looking and very original.

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

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#3 posted 1875 days ago

Cool. Very crisp results.

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#4 posted 1875 days ago

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.

-- Kirk H. --

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#5 posted 1874 days ago

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 1409 days ago

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 1409 days ago

Great job

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 498 days ago

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 496 days ago

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 320 days ago

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 ?

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#11 posted 310 days ago

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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