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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 06-10-2012 07:02 AM 694 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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06-10-2012 07:02 AM

On a driving vacation up the California coast, and while in Mendocino I picked up two small natural edge slabs of Redwood. Both reclaimed. One of the pieces is a about 40” long (photo attached a few minutes after wiping down with mineral spirits) and is a section of root that was submerged for I think a very long time. It’s got beautiful somewhat burl, somewhat wavy swirl figure, and a lot of rich colors. My plan is to hang it on the wall near my spa as a towel and robe rack with four antique bronze hooks. I removed with gouges the loose and fragile edges and smoothed it all out. As I began to smooth out the face surface with my RO sander I discovered an even more beautiful piece of wood than I originally thought I had. The final resting place will be exposed to direct Southern California sun, and I’m sure that once I hang it I will never refinish it. My list is too long. I know it will eventually turn that great grey color, and I expect the figure will disappear in the graying. Yet I want to do something to pop the grain and color even if for only a little while for my own enjoyment. So I experimented on some of the waste with BLO, Liberon Furniture oil, Wipe on Polly and all of them darken the piece too much to see the beauty of this piece. I’m guessing the rolling figure is just sucking it’ self full of oil. The wipe on Poly darkens it the least but still pretty dark. Seems like my prior experience with popping color and grain isn’t working this time. It’s probably silly to try, I’m thinking I should either sand it and put it up without any finish at all or to apply the Polly and see what happens. Any advice??

-- Ken


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#1 posted 06-10-2012 08:12 PM

Try some stuff called Log-on for log cabins. Supposed to have nearly 100% UV protection. Isn’t cheap ;-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 01:06 AM

I’ve never heard of Log-on before, checked it out thanks for the heads up. It’s is a semi-transparent finish that sounds like it will hide the figure. Has anyone got experience with it?

-- Ken

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 01:08 AM

i put some on some fir, it looked clear to me after it dried.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 05:11 PM

OK, thank you. I’ll try it.

-- Ken

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 05:25 PM

I’d use an oil so that you can easily re-apply. Something like the appropriate Penofin for redwood, it’ll have some UV blockers in it, and when your wood fades you can just pop on some gloves, grab a rag, smear some more on, and be back to looking beautiful. After a couple of re-applications, it’ll keep lasting longer and longer.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 03:10 AM

Thanks Dan, I love how oils make the figure pop. Oiling the sample boards made the samples quite dark. But I see your point on ease of redo. Think I’ll try a bit of oil on the back side to see how that looksThank you for the advice.

-- Ken

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