Mahogany sunglasses finish

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Forum topic by sagar posted 04-24-2013 08:41 AM 1181 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2013 08:41 AM

Hey guys!

Ive handcrafted a pair of mahogany sunglasses and am trying to find the best finish to use on them. Ive been to all the woodshops around Dallas and gotten a lot of different advice but yet still dont know what the best finish would be.

I recently saw a handcrafted wooden pen that had been finished on a lathe with CA glue and boiled linseed oil. It looked amazing. This is the finish I am trying to achieve. I want the wood to look like it has a lot of depth, and is wet. Something similar to this:

Does any one have any suggestions on what to use? Ideally, the finish is non-toxic, and durable.

Thanks for your help!


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#1 posted 04-24-2013 05:07 PM

Oil deepens color. Several coats days apart may be needed
as the oil soaks in and thoroughly colors the wood. CA
topcoats and allows a gloss film.

You need to level the finish after it is dried using scrapers and
wet/dry sandpaper to eliminate bumps and runs, then sand
and buff it to a point where the scratches are not discernible
to the naked eye.

This product can do it:

You can get buffing wheels and compounds for guitar
finishes from Luthiers Mercantile.

You’ll need to fill the pores of the wood to achieve a glassy
finish in any case.

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#2 posted 04-24-2013 08:54 PM

I want to see these sunglasses! That’s a great idea, I might just try that myself. How did you make them?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 01:48 AM

Yes more on these sunglasses, I want to make them too.

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