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Forum topic by Marshall posted 08-07-2015 03:02 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2015 03:02 AM

Hey everyone,

I’m working on a rocking chair, and I just finished shaping the arms. The right arm (pictured on the left) has a bark inclusion. What are your thoughts on that? Should I seal it with epoxy before finishing it? The finish will be danish oil. What effect will the epoxy have on the final finish?


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#1 posted 08-07-2015 11:24 AM

I wouldn’t call that bark inclusion. If it is softer than the rest of the wood, put a few drops of CA glue over it until it won’t absorb it any more and then do the sanding. I doubt it will look any different than the rest. To be sure, try it on a scrap first.


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#2 posted 08-07-2015 12:08 PM

I don’t think that is bark or cambium layer rather some form of staining. Would just go with the Danish oil even if that area absorbs more finish because easier get a uniform finish. CA or epoxy would just highlight that stain.

Some people might recommend a seal coat of shellac on both arms before applying Danish oil to get a uniform finish. I would try just using Danish oil.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 08-07-2015 12:17 PM

I agree to just use the oil. Can you flip the arms over or are the other faces worse?

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 02:06 PM

I would agree with going with just Danish Oil. Any kind of sealing or finish will prevent the oil from being absorbed. I really doing see any bark to worry about.

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 03:09 PM

Thanks everyone… I didnt really want to seal it, but I thought I’d check to see if there was some reason to do it that I was unaware of.

Maybe its not bark, but its a little softer than the surrounding wood, and theres a couple of very small holes that you can kindof make out in the picture.

Regarding flipping them over: I already cut a curve in the top of them—kinda hard to see in the overhead shot—so the tops are already defined.

I’m fine with how it looks, and I’m more concerned with the finish being uniform, so I’ll go ahead and leave them alone.


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#6 posted 08-09-2015 02:29 AM


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