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Forum topic by CartersWhittling posted 07-25-2011 01:47 AM 1360 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CartersWhittling

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07-25-2011 01:47 AM

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Hello. I am wanting to make some more wood hand planes but with a hardwood sole, perhaps ebony. So I am wondering what type of finish would be acceptable and what finish would not be acceptable to put on ebony? Also, is there any other exotic species that would require the same attention? Is a paste wax finish sufficient?

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 03:40 AM

-Wax
-oil/varnish blend

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 04:32 AM

same as steve and cr1 said espcialy cuz it gonna be on a plane sole.

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 04:46 AM

I have finished ebony three ways. First, since I was so impressed how it shone when wet sanded I left it unfinished as cr1 said. I have also just rubbed in mineral oil. That deepens the black color. In the third case I sprayed several lacquer coats and wet sanded it. Each has its own unique appearance and IMO it kind of depends what you like the looks of. If you look at my projects you will see two that have ebony. The jewelry box was left unfinished and the mirror frame was lacquered. A pool que rack (not shown) was oiled.

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#4 posted 07-25-2011 12:46 PM

I have a nice collection of ebony objects from my days in Africa.
I use a simple bees wax polish and nothing more.

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 02:32 AM

Thank you very much for your imput guys. For my planes I will do just the wax finish, which is what I do for my other planes.

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