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Forum topic by msinc posted 04-19-2018 09:11 AM 1333 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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msinc

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04-19-2018 09:11 AM

I just lucked onto an entire truck load of American black walnut that has been cut with all live edges and the edge is wormy. Need some ideas on how to finish the edge itself. I intend to make some live edge stuff and would like to show off and/or enhance the the wormy edges as much as possible. Right now the wood is nice and dry and ready to go. Just about all of the bark was gone and I used a hand wire brush to “clean” the edges. I didn’t get too aggressive because I don’t want to damage anything. It just looks like it needs to be cleaned up a little more. I was thinking about hitting it with a good dose of oxalic acid and seeing how that works.
Prior to this my live edge work was all done the way Charles Neil does in his video. I don’t think I want to grind on this because I will loose the wormy look, but maybe just some stain? Light sanding the outermost part? I don’t know. I have enough of this wood that I have extra to do a little experimenting on. Would like to hear any suggestions you all might have and as always it is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!! I can post a few photos of what I have so far if anyone would like to see.


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#1 posted 04-19-2018 02:58 PM

Photos would be helpful. What are you hoping to accomplish with the oxalic acid?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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msinc

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 03:31 PM

I am hopeful that oxalic acid will serve to further clean and make the edge look more uniform in color. Right now the worm eaten edge appears “dirty”. I have heard that some people really love and seek wormy edged wood….from what I see either something is missing I need to do or I am not as big a fan of it as the rest of the world. I am just not “feeling it”. Pictures to follow after lunch, thanks for the reply.

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 04:37 PM

Oxalic acid acts as a bleach so while it may help with the “dirty” look of the wood it may also change the color of the wormy wood too and if it gets on the darker heart wood it will bleach that too.
I would first dry cleaning the edges up with a flap sander and a fine wire brush wheel on a hand drill.
Or better yet, if you have an air compressor try sand blasting the edges with inexpensive hand held sand blaster (about $30) and a soft material like ground walnut shells or soda.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 04:42 PM

Was it kiln dried? You also want to make sure that whatever made the holes is dead and won’t keep burrowing and making dust piles in the home underneath the furniture.

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 05:27 PM

Thanks for the replies. Here are some photos to help clarify. Maybe I don’t need to do anything but apply the finish???

This photo is the woods edge untouched as I received it.

This one is a closeup of just the edge itself to show the worm work.

This is panned back a little.

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 06:44 PM

I guess it depends on the look you’re going for. You could brush it a little with a wire brush, or just water and a nylon brush to remove any dirt. It doesn’t look like a candidate for oxalic acid or bleach though.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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