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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 07-04-2011 06:31 PM 2791 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlieM1958

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07-04-2011 06:31 PM

The other day I posted this box in the projects section.

Although I was happy with it overall, I kept thinking that the colors were just not exactly what I had originally envisioned. After some self-debate, I spent about three minutes sanding off a polyurethane mirror finish I had several hours invested in, and wiped the whole thing down with boiled linseed oil. After it cured, I buffed on my 3-wheel Beall system.

The whole new finish took less than 15 minutes (not counting curing time), and I think it looks much better than the original, much more time-consuming finish.

See the before and after below. Sometimes you just have to not over-think things. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 06:39 PM

WOW!! Thanks for the hot tip Charlie!! :-)) I love it to but for different reasons. I fixes the handles of tools with too much time in the weather. It makes muzzleloading ramrods very resilient. Now I think I will use and love it even more. I have been thinking about just using it as a primary finish, You have made up my mind ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BobTheFish

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#2 posted 07-04-2011 06:40 PM

often times, it’s more of a matter of which finish is best for the project. Designing and constructing something is only about 2/3’s of the project. Properly sealing and bringing out the true character of the materials is the other third.

It takes time and plenty of experimentation, but learning to use a variety of different techniques and products will give you the means to truly “finish” your projects.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 07-04-2011 06:41 PM

Charlie, I love BLO for both yours and Topa’s reasons. Did you buy your Beall system as a kit or did you cobble it together? I’m in the process of putting a system together to operate on a treadle.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 06:42 PM

BTW, I think you should re post it as a refinishing project with more pics of teh box before and after ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 06:50 PM

Al, I bought the kit with the lathe spindle. It’s fantastic for small projects. The only drawback is that because the wheels are fairly close together you can’t buff anything very large.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 06:50 PM

I don’t like that it turns lighter woods yellow – some call it “warmth,” but I call it yellow. However, in the right application it’s stunning. Definitely a good thing there, Charlie!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 06:53 PM

Jay, yes, the yellowing is definitely a consideration. There is a noticeable difference on the light corner inlays, but I think the trade-off is worth it for the effect on the walnut in this case.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 07:20 PM

Charlie,
I think your decision to tone down the color a bit was a great success. Walnut seems to be a wood that generally benefits from a little subtle color manipulation (and is perhaps my favorite wood). But then, I definitely tend toward darker woods and low contrast combinations. However, many roads lead to Rome. :-) Nice job.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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SPalm

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#9 posted 07-04-2011 07:37 PM

HA!
Amazing what photoshop can do.

Good discovery, thanks,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bertha

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#10 posted 07-04-2011 07:44 PM

I also agree that BLO yellows. Not as bad as amber shellac, which should probably be classified as orange shellac (at least the cheap ones I use). BLO’s hit or miss on different woods but I think clearly a hit on Charlie’s. I just like the feel of slathering it on, leaving the piece out in the sun a bit, then rubbing on it some more. Creepy, sure; but I like it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 07-04-2011 08:03 PM

Nothing wrong with the original finish.
But the new finish is nothing short of amazing.

I LOVE when the quick/easy way works out so well.

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degoose

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#12 posted 07-04-2011 11:19 PM

Go for the simpler things in life… often the best.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 07-05-2011 04:30 AM

Charlie,
I never drempt that BLO was a finish that looks this great! It is Beautiful!!!

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 07-05-2011 07:15 AM

BLO is also great for making wood old.

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#15 posted 07-27-2011 01:23 AM

I have never heard of BLO but it has given this box a much richer finish.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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