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Forum topic by KPW posted 04-12-2012 08:49 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KPW

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04-12-2012 08:49 PM

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Has anyone ever used rubbing varnish over blo? I just put blo over a yellow die stain to tone it down. I got the color I was looking for but I’d like to have a little more lustre. Should I build up more layers of blo or can I use a rubbing varnish?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 08:54 PM

A wiping varnish will be just fine. I use Old Masters Tung oil Wiping Varnish a bunch. Good stuff. I use a pad from old T shirts. Well washed so that they are lint free (almost). Please, no poly…..
Bill

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KPW

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 09:11 PM

Thanks Bill, No there’s not a drop of poly in this house and there never will be!!! I use the Minwax antique oil finish on all my Period stuff. Thanks again.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 01:53 AM

Research the composition of your Min Wax Antique Oil Finish. You will be suprised to find that there is more than “a drop” of poly! Sorry. Ditto for the “Tung Oil Finish”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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KnickKnack

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 06:58 AM

Should I build up more layers of blo or can I use a rubbing varnish?
Personally I like the lustre you can get with only BLO (finished with wax) – it takes a while and patience, but, somehow, it seems to end up more “integrated” with the wood, and more tactile, than varnish.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 11:37 AM

you can us varnish. I’m with Knickknack for most applications. If its a piece that will be handled, (like a tool or a gunstock, knife handle, etc) blo will age. If its a piece you don’t want to pick up the darker patina use the varnish.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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KPW

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 10:28 PM

Don, Actually it’s the half scale Bombe’ Jewelry Chest that I’m building for Mrs. W. So I guess it’s a piece of furniture. Not really subject to any abuse. Oh and thanks for the rain on my parade gfadvm. Always nice to know you’re looking out for us all.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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