Cypress Wood Table Centerpiece - How To Finish?

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Forum topic by JmbAtlanta posted 04-13-2014 03:12 PM 1557 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2014 03:12 PM

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My daughter has asked that I be in charge of the centerpiecies for her upcoming wedding. The base of the centerpiece will be a 12” to 18” diameter piece of cypress wood that is about 1” thick. Questions I have are: What is the best was to sand this wood (that was rough cut with a chainsaw) into a smooth piece that shows the beautiful grain? My daughter has said she wants to leave the wood natural with no finish but is there anything that should be put on this wood that will enhance the grain but not take away it’s natural beauty? I have also submitted a request for a quote for a branding iron that will allow me to burn into the wood the bride and groom name and date of the wedding. Any tricks to doing this with a flame heated iron? We plan to give these away as gifts to the family that attend the wedding.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Blackburn
Peachtree Corners, GA USA

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 03:53 PM

I’m not sure about the sanding. If it’s a rough cut but flat circular disk, I think I’d use a ROS. Try some Abranet sanding mesh, it cuts fast and seems to be pretty durable. Check on Amazon, you should be able to get 80 grit which cuts pretty well. Be sure to get one of their protective pads for your hook and loop pad or your sander will be out of action quickly.

I used Howard Sunwax SunShield wood protector instead of a traditional finish on my cypress stick chairs. It is made from Orange oils and beeswax. It imparted a slight golden color, popping the cypress grain quite a bit, and feels really nice to touch.

BTW, I’d do the branding after the sanding but before applying anything in the way of a finish.

Good Luck!

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 06:29 PM

Here is a piece of cypress crotch that I put clear danish oil on.

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