LumberJocks

Is there a way to replicate the smoothness of wood that has been touched by hand multiple times?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by EricWrights posted 04-15-2011 10:26 AM 980 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View EricWrights's profile

EricWrights

94 posts in 1939 days


04-15-2011 10:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood working

You know how park trees have areas that every kid who has climbed it uses and become super super smooth due to the thousands of hands touching them over the years, or on really old wooden handrails, wooden playground equipment etc?
Is there a practical way of replicating the intense smoothness of that wood?

-- Sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting? Let Rockwell Sonicrafter do the job. http://rockwellsonicrafter.com & A more general blog at http://resay.org


7 replies so far

View bubinga's profile

bubinga

861 posts in 1355 days


#1 posted 04-15-2011 11:08 AM

Or you could rub it with rocks or dirt

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

View rhett's profile

rhett

699 posts in 2355 days


#2 posted 04-15-2011 01:10 PM

I think it is a combination of fine smoothness and the natural oils from human hands.

Therefore, my suggestion is to raw sand up to around 400 grit and then wet sand a grit higher with automotive sandpaper soaked in linseed or danish oil.

-- It's only wood.

View DaleM's profile

DaleM

922 posts in 2071 days


#3 posted 04-15-2011 05:54 PM

You could do what the others suggested, but if you finish off with burnishing it by rubbing another piece of wood against it, it will be even smoother. You do have to apply some pressure, not just rub lightly with the wood.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

View Loren's profile (online now)

Loren

7733 posts in 2336 days


#4 posted 04-15-2011 07:04 PM

There’s an abrasive quality to your skin, like a leather strop. In fact
you can strop a knife on the palm of your hand.

In the old days they used to polish and smooth wood and finishes
with abrasive leaves from plants.

Sand it until you can only make out fine scratches, then you could
buff with a wheel – with or without compound. You can try automotive
buffing compounds and see what happens.

A light-colored oil may work well. “salad bowl” oil would probably work
well. I think linseed oil might be a little too dark.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

View gfadvm's profile

gfadvm

11234 posts in 1378 days


#5 posted 04-16-2011 04:24 AM

Start with a dense wood [Brazilian Cherry is my favorite],sand to 180 or 220,apply blo,rubbing in well,then wax with Renissance Wax.This produces the most touchable finish I have found.Sanding through finer grits does not produce any improvement in touchability that I can perceive.IMHO.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View rance's profile

rance

4142 posts in 1848 days


#6 posted 04-16-2011 07:38 AM

Its called a hand rubbed oil finish. :D Oh, and the oil is free.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View Glen Peterson's profile

Glen Peterson

508 posts in 1744 days


#7 posted 04-16-2011 07:01 PM

I once met a fellow who makes wooden spoons and utensils. He doesn’t use sandpaper. After carving and shaping he puts them in water and then scrapes them smooth. I don’t remember what he used for scraping, but he would repeat this soaking and scraping process numerous times and get an incredibly smooth feeling result, like old driftwood.

-- Glen

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase