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Forum topic by RobertStix posted 05-31-2013 at 08:28 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobertStix

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05-31-2013 at 08:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: knife handle phenyl-alkyd shellac danish oil question

Hi – first of all…WHOA! I’m blown away by the accumulated knowledge, experience and cordiality here. Thanx for being here.
Made a grafting knife for my wife. The handle is a center-ripped ash branch and has been finger-grooved, making lots of beautiful end-grain. I have given it three coats of home-made Danish Oil (1 part boiled linseed, 1 part mineral spirits, 1 part non-urethane varnish) and sanded it lightly w/320.
Q: There are still some small voids I’d like filled (beetle-tracks) and my final finish is going to be a phenol-alkyd spar varnish. Should I do my void-filling with de-waxed shellac, or with repeated top-coats?

Thnx!

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Kreegan

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 at 06:17 AM

I usually fill voids with some of the sawdust and either wood glue or medium CA. Your Danish Oil mix should absorb into the wood for the most part, so not sure how well it would fill voids.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 at 06:55 AM

I think you will have to work very hard to fill those voids with danish oil….best pick another plan. You could use shellac, or the varnish you used for your danish oil.

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redSLED

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 at 06:56 AM

^ Agree with what he said. Can’t rely on sealers to fill voids adequately.

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 at 09:27 AM

Filling with Danish oil is futile. Filling with the spar varnish vs the shellac is a wash, in as much as being effective is concerned. Bigger voids should be filled with wood, sawdust, or epoxy.

I’d likely just use the spar varnish, if the voids are small, like red oak pores.

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RobertStix

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 at 10:12 AM

Shellac it is. Thx!

-- "I wear eye protection when using power tools because my blood stings my eyes and because I can't read braille."

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 at 06:46 PM

I fill voids like you describe with Timbermate grain filler or a mixture of shellac and 320 grit sawdust.

Timbermate makes a lot of different colors to match most woods and it is dead simple to use. And inexpensive.

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