A Pekovich tea box #5: wire brushing

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Blog entry by metolius posted 12-22-2018 05:49 AM 973 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In Pekovich’s FW article, his latest variation was wire-brushed wenge.

I didn’t have the opportunity to learn detail of his technique, but I tried what seemed reasonable. When I started the project I tried wire-brushing the wenge after I had finished planing. This seemed to do nothing for bring out the grain of the wood. I thought that perhaps my wire-brush was of an inadequate type.

Now that the box was constructed, I needed to do something with the finish. I laid on a couple coats of danish oil and found that it looked real nice; but it made the box slip away into a shadow. I didn’t want a ninja box, I wanted a wenge box. So, I tried the wire brush again.

This time it worked for me!

On the left is the top part with 2 coats of danish oil, the right is the bottom part with 2 coats of danish oil and wire-brushed. Pretty cool by me.

After burning off the twine hairs and putting things back together, I think its starting to look like it should.

And the grain on the inner part is looking real sharp.

I haven’t tried to fit it in yet ; I will save that horror for tomorrow. For now, I want to feel good about it.

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 02:46 PM

Feel good, you’ve earned it!

So you think the oil softened up the wood enough to have success with the brush?

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#2 posted 12-23-2018 12:38 AM

Yes, I believe that the oil softened up the more porous fibers most, which allowed the wire-brush to be effective.

-- derek / oregon

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