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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 11-30-2016 03:54 PM 839 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mzimmers

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11-30-2016 03:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood hardener

Hi, all -

I got it into my head that I wanted to do a project (a jewelry box) in cypress. I didn’t get too far into the project before I realized that I’d probably chosen a wood that was much softer than would be ideal. I’d like to complete the project, but I’ll feel better about it if I can somehow harden the wood a bit.

I know I’m not going to get miracles, but I’m wondering whether this is worth my while. Any first-hand experiences with any of these?

Thank you.

-- M. Zimmers


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gwilki

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 04:46 PM

Do you want to harden it before you make the box, or after? I don’t believe that you will find a practical way to harden it before you make the box. There are methods to use pressure to force resin into wood, but they require equipment that I expect you don’t have. If you simply want to make the box more durable after you make it, many of the hardening finishes will do that. You could use poly or an epoxy finish that will make the box very durable.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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mzimmers

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 04:47 PM

Definitely after (since I’ve already started). I’ll probably go with a poly (never done epoxy). Thanks for the suggestion.

-- M. Zimmers

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 08:54 PM

Wood hardeners are made to secure rotten or otherwise deteriorated wood. There is only one feasible way to harden the new wood: buy proper wood in the first place.

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 12:31 AM

This stuff will penetrate and harden on any soft or porous wood. It makes a pretty big difference, certainly more than poly. It is not however a finish in itself so you should use a (preferably UV filtering) finish over it.
https://www.systemthree.com/products/s-1-clear-penetrating-epoxy-sealer?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=13268286276&gclid=CIHNrZLe0dACFYdlfgodW3ABZQ

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 03:28 PM

Wow…that stuff looks pretty good. I’ve never used epoxy before; is it particularly difficult?

-- M. Zimmers

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shipwright

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#6 posted 12-02-2016 01:13 AM

Very easy. You need good ventilation however. The reason it penetrates so well is a lot of thinners. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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