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Forum topic by kooldecker posted 02-26-2014 01:25 PM 923 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2014 01:25 PM

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Hey guys im doing a rehab on an old dovetail saw that i got from an uncle. I cut a handle using the template from tools for working wood. Ive chosen red oak as the wood. Now i know this isnt the most desireable , but there is a reason im using this wood in particular. Anyway, i really want to know what i should use for a finish here. Its my first attempt at a tool handle of any kind, and i plan on this being my go to user saw for joinery for the time being. One thing is that i may stain it a little darker, but i would really like to have the pores filled as well. Any help you could give me would be really really apprecieated. Thanks for your time ,

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 01:46 PM

Fine saw dust, like from a finish sander, mixed with shellac to a “milkshake” consistency. Then add stain to the color you like, and rub it into the pores with a coarse cloth. When dry, finish sand. Finally, stain and finish the handle with your choice of finish. I might use Lacquer.

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 01:56 PM

I use BLO on saw handles, but it’s a personal preference. I agree with Michael about pore filling.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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