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Forum topic by Travis posted 12-01-2021 07:28 PM 335 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Travis

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12-01-2021 07:28 PM

The title pretty much says it all. I’ve made some small (normal sized) dice out of hard maple. I’m kind of stuck on how to finish them. First question is which finish to use? Since it is a pale wood, I don’t want the warming affect of most oil-based finishes. I could use a clear shellac, lacquer, or water-based poly. The second question is how to actually apply the finish? I don’t have spray equipment, so application method needs to either be rubbed, brushed, or rattle-can. But I don’t see how I can do this given their size. I can’t put them on painter tripods or anything, and most finishes will have a line if I do the 11 faces separate from the 1 face that rests on the surface. I could rub in some paste wax, but that will need to be redone more frequently and I am giving some of these as gifts.

What are your thoughts?

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.


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#1 posted 12-01-2021 08:40 PM

I’d probably use pure tung oil mixed with a citrus solvent. This gives you a 3-5 day dry time. Fill a cup, pop the dice in like its overnight parcheesi, take them out and rub off as much as you can. Then over the next couple days wipe off any bleeding. Tung oil doesn’t yellow like other hardening oils

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#2 posted 12-01-2021 08:50 PM

If you use any type of oil finish they loose the white and go yellowish. I would spray them with lacquer or drop them in a jar of shellac and fish them out with tweezers.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 12-01-2021 10:13 PM

Great ideas, thanks Aj and SMP. I think I’m leaning towards the shellac just because I have some ready and the fast drying time works better for my schedule right now.

However, I am concerned the shellac will stick to whatever surface I let the dice dry on, and then when I lift the piece off, the finish will pull. Any recommendation for how I can overcome this challenge?

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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#4 posted 12-02-2021 01:52 PM



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However, I am concerned the shellac will stick to whatever surface I let the dice dry on, and then when I lift the piece off, the finish will pull. Any recommendation for how I can overcome this challenge?

- Travis

Use the pips! (Leavin’ on that midnight train to Georgia WOO HOO!)

Drill a small hole that will fit a toothpick into the center pip (divot) for either the 1, 3 or 5. Glue the toothpick in and use it like a lollipop. Then once all of your finish is dry, cut the toothpick off and clean up the pip and paint to cover up the toothpick.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#5 posted 12-02-2021 07:06 PM


Use the pips! (Leavin on that midnight train to Georgia WOO HOO!)

Drill a small hole that will fit a toothpick into the center pip (divot) for either the 1, 3 or 5. Glue the toothpick in and use it like a lollipop. Then once all of your finish is dry, cut the toothpick off and clean up the pip and paint to cover up the toothpick.

- Tony1212

That’s a great idea, thanks!

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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