|Forum topic by Brad||posted 02-05-2012 08:35 PM||1724 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-05-2012 08:35 PM
I’ve been putting together a set of English firmer chisels. Now that I’ve flattened the backs and put a fresh bevel on them, I’ve turned my attention to the handles. Several of the handles are ok as is, but several need[ed] to be refinished.
Here’s a couple handles that I’ve already refinished.
I think the chisel handle is made of ash, but I don’t know the wood of the screwdriver handle. After four coats of BLO, they’re both still pretty light in my opinion.
I have more handles to finish.
1. What techniques do you use to impart a darker finish on your handles?
2. Would Danish oil or Tung oil make them darker?
3. What finish did the English vintage tool makers use on their chisel handles?
Thanking you all in advance.
[Note that the stains in the bottom-left handle were too deep to remove by sanding without distorting the shape and size of the handle. So I’ll have to resort to Andy’s Liberon wood bleacher or its U.S. equivalent.]
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