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tefinn

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Hi All,

I’m making a slit/tongue drum ala Stevinmarin for a Christmas gift. For the sides I used some nicely grained Maple with tigering that I happened to find in the big orange box store. The top is some reclaimed 100 year old Honduran mahogany.

I’ld like to use Danish oil (Watco) that I have for the sides to highlight the grain and tigering, but I’m not sure if this is something that is durable enough for the top.

What would you do? Use the oil for the entire project? Only the sides? If only the sides what for the top?
Or would you use somethig else altogether?

Thanks for any and all help – Tom

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 989 days ago

Shellac and wax. Quick, easy, and looks good. Buff after applied.
Bill

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 989 days ago

Not to belabor a minor point but rather to prevent misunderstanding, Cr1, Watco contains varnish and it does harden.

I don’t think a coat or two would make a difference in resonance, but here’s our chance to find out: Tom, make another one!

I like the shellac and wax idea—simple, effective and nice.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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tefinn

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#3 posted 988 days ago

Thanks for the help guys!

I think I’m going to go with two seperate finishes. One for the sides (Danish oil) and one for the top (either shellac or poly).

Lee- Maybe after the holiday I’ll try a second one to see if the Watco oil works for the top. I don’t have the time to make two before Christmas.

I’ll post pics when I get it done.

Thanks Again! – Tom

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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