|Forum topic by KomputerMan||posted 10-19-2013 05:01 PM||1384 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-19-2013 05:01 PM
I have started to make things out of this remarkable slab of old growth redwood.
The slab came from a tree that was cut down a century ago. 50 years after the tree was felled the stump was harvested. 60 years after that the slab made it’s way to me. That means this wood has had decades to air dry and let me tell you it is dry!!!
I am getting ready to stat to build things from this wood but before I build anything big I want to settle on a good finish. The characteristics of this wood are unlike anything I have ever dealt with before so I need to perform a few experiments on it before I make something cool. So far I have tried two types of finishes but think I can find a better choice.
I’ve tried using Tung Oil and like the gloss it provides:
I’ve also used Tried and True, a polymerized linseed oil and beeswax mixture. I like the way it makes the grain look but I don’t feel as though it is as vibrant as the Tung Oil. Oh… I call the Heart “Broken Heart” because of the crack that was in the piece of wood I chose for my inlay.
Here is a side by side comparison with the Tried and true finish at the top.
A couple of notes about this wood. It is very brittle and extremely dry. When I apply the finish the wood just drinks up the oil.
My question is what type of finish would you recommend be placed on a wood this dry, rare, and beautiful? I am going to continue to build these trinkety types of things till I find a finish I love!!! So give me your choice and I’ll look into it. Thanks for the help guys!!!
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