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Finish for a carver's mallet (Lignum vitae)? (Read 274 times)
 
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Finish for a carver's mallet (Lignum vitae)?
Jun 2nd, 2016 at 8:07am
 
I am making a carver's mallet for my dad as a Father's Day gift (per a post in another topic area).

Any recommendations on what kind of finish to apply to this kind of item, or if I should apply a finish at all? It seems strange to apply a finish to an item whose purpose is to hit other things!

Also, the wood is lignum vitae. So any comments on finishing this particular kind of wood are welcome. Thanks.
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Re: Finish for a carver's mallet (Lignum vitae)?
Reply #1 - Jun 2nd, 2016 at 8:36am
 
My recommendation would be no finish.
Lignum vitae has enough oils in it that when sanded smooth it can be easily buffed to a good satin finish.
It can also be difficult to have finish adhere to oily woods such as this, so it works out.
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Re: Finish for a carver's mallet (Lignum vitae)?
Reply #2 - Jun 2nd, 2016 at 8:57am
 
Ed Weber wrote on Jun 2nd, 2016 at 8:36am:
My recommendation would be no finish.
Lignum vitae has enough oils in it that when sanded smooth it can be easily buffed to a good satin finish.
It can also be difficult to have finish adhere to oily woods such as this, so it works out.


Great. Thanks!
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