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Forum topic by greg48 posted 08-31-2015 08:18 PM 647 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2015 08:18 PM

I have been given a task to refinish an (old?) Scribner log scaling stick that appears to be made of hickory and finished with a surface coating of varnish. The log volumes are imprinted on the body of the stick according to diameter and log length in decimal c format by machine. This stick was and will be a working tool, so I wanted to highlight the impressed markings with a dark color and seal with a polyurethane.

I was thinking of applying a clear urethane finish, then applying a black paint into the impressions and wiping the stick clean before applying another urethane coating. The stick is marked on both sides and edges of the stick so I don’t have any areas that I can test first. Might you have any other suggestions?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 09-02-2015 02:52 PM

Whatever you decide to do will be a challenge. I think I would try different methods on a scrape piece of wood. In other words, make impressions/grooves on your sample wood and see what happens. IMHO spraying might give you the best results on your finish coating.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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