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    Walnut Bases and Strops

    Heading to a lumber yard tomorrow to pick up some walnut for bases and strops. I like to use quartersawn walnut, as it this cut, it is the most stable.

    I will need to ask you guys what finish you would prefer. I can do Tru-Oil finish or Poly. Poly would be good if the base might come in contact with water. Tru-Oil has the closest finish to a natural look.

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    I can't see myself getting the base wet (or leaving it that way if it happens), so I don't think that's an issue.

    Whatever you think looks best gets my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny.B.Good View Post
    I can't see myself getting the base wet (or leaving it that way if it happens), so I don't think that's an issue.

    Whatever you think looks best gets my vote.
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    Poly is probably cheaper and a little more water resistant, no? Also seems like I have to do at least 4 coats of tru oil to get a consistent finish. Poly usually takes less.

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    I guess it would depend, do you recommend to use the diamond stones dry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    Poly is probably cheaper and a little more water resistant, no? Also seems like I have to do at least 4 coats of tru oil to get a consistent finish. Poly usually takes less.
    They are comparable in price. I buy Tru-Oil in quart bottles and I use a type of Poly that you apply by hand. Both would require 5-6 coats to build up a thin film.


    Tru-Oil finish preserves a natural look. Poly has a duller finish, but offers a better protection from elements. Both will be in satin finish (not gloss).

    When you spray felt strops with diamond spray you will get a little bit of it on the wood. Not a big deal - you can clean it up with a wet rag.

    I use a drop of water or two on the surface of the plate when sharpening, and then just wash the plate and pad-dry. You need very little water to lubricate the surface for smooth sharpening.

    I hope to pick some nice grain walnut today for bases/strops and cutting boards. It's like a treasure hunt, you never know what you will find.

    I am also in the process of ordering new branding heads with my logo 1" tall and 1/2" tall (my old logo is Marko Designs). It's going to be two+ weeks before I get the new heads, so if I end up shipping bases/strops before that, the old logo will be burned onto the bottom side of a strop or base. The new logo will go on a side of either of these.

    Thanks,

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    I like a more natural finish - but defer to your judgment on what looks best (and performs best). Looking forward to this!

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    Does Poly really take away form the looks? In my case the bases are display pieces, I would consider beautiful functional tools (contradicting? perhaps...), and over time it will get wet, either through moisture or just being around the kitchen.... I'll say Poly.

    Marko, I'm assuming you have been using these already, what's your experience? how are these holding up?
    Last edited by Anton; 03-13-2013 at 10:58 AM. Reason: typo

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    I use water with all my diamond plates. I will defer to Marko on the choice of finish. You can make mine last, no rush.

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    I think I would go poly for mine, will probably end up bringing it to work, where accidents love to happen.

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