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Preferred Cocobolo finish
Dec 19th, 2007 at 9:37pm
 
What is everyone's preference for finishing cocobolo in a non-food item?
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #1 - Dec 19th, 2007 at 10:52pm
 
None.  I just sand it out with the MicroMesh and maybe put on a little wax.

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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #2 - Dec 20th, 2007 at 12:21am
 
My choice is Renaissance Wax. It's not inexpensive but very good.
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Reply #3 - Dec 28th, 2007 at 1:39pm
 
sand to 800-1000, buff, 3 light coats of Tung Oil Finish (with hardener) to seal it and then second buff & Briwax.
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #4 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 9:57pm
 
Ive always  had good luck with french friction polish. It comes out glassy smooth with three or more applications and none of the problms that occur with other finishs that are reactionary to the natural oils in cocobolo. You can purchase it from craft supplies
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Reply #5 - Jan 24th, 2008 at 11:41pm
 
I'm new to turning (got my first lathe for Christmas) so this is more of a question than advice...

To learn my way around a lathe, I'm starting with pens. A couple of pens were made with cocobolo.

The natural oils in the wood made it pretty good looking after sanding to 600; but I kept going with micromesh to 12000. I applied a coat of CA glue as a sealer, and repeated the micromesh. Then I applied Woodturners Finish, and did the micromesh again. I was pretty pleased with the finish.

Then my uncle turns another cocobolo pen, sands to 600, sprays it with glossy polyurethane (from a spray can), waits 30 minutes, sprays it again, and he's done. He didn't even bother to polish or buff after the final coat, and it looks just as good as the finish on my pen.

That looks too easy ... what's the bad news of using spray polyurethane on a pen? Or did my uncle teach me a timesaver?
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #6 - Jan 24th, 2008 at 11:56pm
 
No experience with using spray poly on a pen, but I'd be willing to bet the poly will not last when that Cocobolo starts to release some oils.  Cocobolo is an oily wood by nature, but I have turned some that felt dry and some that you could see oil droplets on the surface.  I guess it depends on what type of soil it grows in?  Undecided
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2008 at 8:31am
 
For a cocobolo pen, I'd sand it to 2000 and won't use a finish.

The very first pen I turned was a Euro with maple burl. I never put a finish on it and use it every day. What a beautiful patina it has developed over the years.
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2008 at 9:15am
 
Cocobolo,to me is one of the most beautifull woods out there,but even though it wasn't mentioned here,it is very toxic,so were a mask when sanding.Now back to the question  SmileyI use it when ever I can get it when doing flatwork(jewelry boxes)I would dry sand it up to 400 then wet sand it up to 1000 grit with a Danish oil finish,then let it dry for at least a week,wiping off the access,then apply a light coat of carnuba wax and I get  a beautifull finish with this technique.Good luck.
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Re: Preferred Cocobolo finish
Reply #9 - Feb 21st, 2008 at 5:05pm
 
What Ron said.
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