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Forum topic by cowboy posted 02-02-2008 03:50 AM 791 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2008 03:50 AM

Hi I am fairly new to this site and must say I find it very interesting.One of the things I love most about building studio furniture for a living is how I have been doing it for over 30 yrs now and I don’t feel like I can come even close to learning all there is to know about it.
That’s what brings me to this subject,the rocking chair on this site with the burl seat and handles is wonderful and looks fantastic.My question is how can this be finished so that it doesn’t dry out and eventuall come apart,check or suffer other damage in time.I realize it would take quite awhile but won’t it eventually dry out and have problems.Surely there are some more knowledgeable people than myself out there on this subjest and I would really be interested in anyone willing to share the knowledge with me.
There are some pictures of wonderful work on this site,really impressive!



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#1 posted 09-18-2008 07:18 PM

I’m very new to this, but wouldn’t a regular few coats of polyurethane do the trick?

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#2 posted 09-19-2008 06:45 AM

You might try gluing it with epoxy. There are some great ones on the market. Even for gluing exotic woods. There are a variety of hand applied finishes that will last a long time. THey can also be reapplied when needed or desired. Sam Malloof”s formula is a good start.

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