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    HHH ironwood burl

    For my second handle I decided to use my favourite block of wood which I obtained for Randy Haas.
    I have it sanded to 10 000 grit with some 3m micro mesh paper.
    Im hoping Randy will chime in to give me afew pointers on how I should finish this wood properly.



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    Wow, that looks great. Did you use any oils or other finishers?

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    I tried tung oil at first but I found it would not absorb into the wood and remained tacky.
    I re-sanded it and left it raw.
    Im not sure if I should try something else or just leave it.

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    That handle looks awesome! like you've done hundreds of them. You should try tung oil and shellac 50/50.

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    50/50 hey, Im assuming the shellac will help harden the tung oil. Is that right?
    Thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hattorichop View Post
    I tried tung oil at first but I found it would not absorb into the wood and remained tacky.
    I re-sanded it and left it raw.
    Im not sure if I should try something else or just leave it.
    Lovely piece of work...

    I wld like to think that the wood has to be protected.. from the elements and water.

    a) Bees wax or carnuba wax (latter is harder)
    b) Shellac or polyurethane (latter last longer)

    Tung oil .. use it too much and the color will change. takes a long time to dry up. I usually leave 24 hrs between coats. These days, I mix it with mineral oil. Walnut oil and tung oil is suppose to make teh grains pop. Walnut oil will not change the color of wood..

    I believe that mixing it with Shellac ( a mix of shellac flakes + either mineral spirit or alcohol), the spirits will act as an accelerant in the drying process..

    Have fun
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    This is your second handle? Wow!

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    Don't you do all your work with hand tools? That is some serious time investment! Great job!

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    Very nice clean work

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    Looks good,love the copper. You should not need to do anything but wax ironwood.

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