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Forum topic by DrJosh posted 11-19-2011 05:09 AM 2378 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DrJosh

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11-19-2011 05:09 AM

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I bought a beautiful extra-wide piece of basswood this afternoon. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to make with it, but I’ll be building someone’s Christmas present with it. I know many people use basswood for projects that involve carving, but I’ll probably going to build a jewelry box out of it. My quest is this: Does basswood finish well with the simple finishes like danish oil or shellac? It seems to be a very light colored straight grained wood, so I’m wondering if it would ebonize well either with ebony stain or india ink. Thanks in advance for all the suggestions.

-- Josh....in Nashville, TN


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hayes

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 05:22 AM

danish oil worked quite well on a bandsaw box I made.

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hObOmOnk

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 01:10 PM

Shellac on basswood!

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 03:47 PM

I use basswood all the time for projects that are not carving… I like using Shellac on basswood. I have used some oil finishes also and it takes either one fine… I tried using stain once and it didn’t take as well as I would have liked.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 04:52 PM

Shellac rocks. Just remember that basswood is pretty soft. It will dent easily.
Bill

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