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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 710 days ago 633 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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D_Allen

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710 days ago

I have a request for a pen and pencil set using aromatic cedar. However, the request is to not use a finish on the turned blank. My guess is that they want it to smell good.
What problems could be expected aside from the fact that the wood could be easily damaged and would retain dirt and oils from the hands.
I’m tempted to decline the job.

Thanks for your input.

D

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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 710 days ago

not only will it get dirty it will change color even if never used.

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lew

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#2 posted 710 days ago

I suppose you could caution the client about the undesirable effects of unfinished wood. Aromatic cedar can be “rejuvenated”with a light sanding. If the customer understands the options and “dangers”- scratches to the metal parts and they still want the set, then go for it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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D_Allen

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#3 posted 710 days ago

Thank you Jim, I hadn’t considered the color change.

Good advise lew. That’s what I cautioned the customer on and suggested that I put the CA finish on the lower section only so it will stay nice. Eventually the upper section will look much different.

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#4 posted 579 days ago

I am actually looking for some unfinished, round cedar pencils, with no eraser. We will be using them for living history and civil war era reenacting. Do any of you know where I might order a quantity of these?

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#5 posted 579 days ago

A friend makes a lot of hope chests and lines the interior with aromatic cedar, I did not know until recently that this wood is actually juniper.

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