What to use for finishing antler??

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Forum topic by Troutsman posted 12-09-2011 08:27 AM 1117 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2011 08:27 AM

I have been trying to research what to use to finish off antler material on a lathe. Is a CA finish the best to use for this or is there a better method?

Thanks for any input,


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#1 posted 12-09-2011 01:59 PM

Me being a hunter, fisherman and trapper, I have made a few things with bone. The biggest thing with bone is to keep it from going dry, not so much as protect it. I have used boiled linseed, danish and tung oil. I am no knife builder, but would think those that do would have a better idea or perhaps, a taxidermist.

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 02:08 PM

I’ve only used it for inlay. After cutting and before inlaying it I used CA to stabilize it. After inlaid, it got treated the same as the rest of the box. A couple coats of oil and several of Poly.
BTW, Mine were all sheds and were dry to begin with.

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 02:28 PM

I’ve done a little carving of antlers and all I’ve ever used is bees wax. I buff with a wheel treated with bees wax. It seeems to work pretty well.

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