finishing an old log face with cool logging mark

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02-05-2012 05:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine finishing rustic

Looking for some suggestion please. I have an old log which shows an interesting logging mark on its face made with a log hammer about a 120 years ago. This log was reclaimed from the bottom of a river 10 years ago. I have cut the end off and am trying to finish it, but the log absorbs everything I put on it (I am experimenting on the non-marked face). I don’t want to sand it and destroy the cool patina. Does anyone know of a way to get a nice finish on this project? Oh yeah, the wood is white pine.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 05:10 PM

Try some Bartop Epoxy

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 05:12 PM

You put epoxy on that puppy, you won’t have any patina left at all. Why not just seal it with shellac. Then, leave it alone.


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#3 posted 02-05-2012 06:35 PM

I’ll try the shellac and back of another one that I have, and I’ll add multiple coats. I really like the epoxy idea. It will encapsulate it. Even though I will lose the rough feel to it, the patina of wear and the symbol will remain intact.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 07:05 PM

Good morning, I’ve used a product like BarTop. It will not adversely affect the surface and will fill in the cracks, the hammer marks, etc. and still leave everything just as visible. (Just had a Bald Eagle fly within 80 feet of my window here on the Entiat River). You can build up an edge for the wood with aluminum tape (may need to reinforce this if filling in a deep edge defect in the wood, i.e. the epoxy here will be quite deep. Bartop is a clear epoxy that is self leveling and will flow into fill the low areas and create a clear thicker edge where your board narrows. Give it a try on a small piece before tackling your prized piece. Google “Bartop” for source and instructions. Share photos when your done. check out for px. and instruction sheet and for more information than you’ll ever want to know.

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 09:35 PM

Bocker – great advice! Thanks.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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