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09-11-2008 12:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing teak

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I am new at pen making and have about a dozen under my belt. I would like to make several quality teak pens for a friend with allot of teak on his boat. With teak, how would you finish this material. I believe teak has oils the typical methods may not work. Any suggestions on producing a quality finish?

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#1 posted 09-11-2008 01:35 PM

I have never turned teak, but would think you could wipe it down with some acetone and then apply a poly, or CA finish. However, you might want to take a handful of shavings and burnish the pen, I have found this to be an excellent finish for woods like olive, and king wood.

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#2 posted 09-11-2008 01:59 PM

Some people like to simply apply a wax finish. They believe the oils in the users hands will change the pen’s finish over time and make it more personal. Any finish should work as long as you wipe it down good prior to application.

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#3 posted 09-11-2008 02:23 PM

Thanks ToddO, I have an idea on how to burnish wood but exactly how do you do it with the shavings on the pen? Trifern thanks, any suggestions on the wax? I have been using Renaissance Wax on my pens after doing a CA base.

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#4 posted 09-11-2008 02:43 PM

You might want to use EEE-Ultra Shine Paste Wax. It is a bit spendy, but a jar is a lifetime supply if all you use it for is pens.

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#5 posted 09-11-2008 04:29 PM

Personally I like the Mylands High Friction Polish. It’s a liquid which is Shellac & Wax

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#6 posted 09-12-2008 04:15 AM

I second the EEE Ultra Shine, and then I follow it up with ShellaWax. The more you buff it the higher the shine. Also, I have turned teak and have had no problems with finish adherance due to the oily nature of the wood. Just make sure you sharpen your tools after you turn them as Teak will kill the edges faster than any wood I know.

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