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Cocobolo finishing
May 8th, 2017 at 6:50am
 
My son is getting married Memorial Day weekend! He has asked me to turn pens for the groomsmen. I chose cocobolo (as I had it on hand). I am concerned as to what finish to apply since it is a very oily wood. After wiping it down with denatured alcohol, what would you suggest? I have the usual finishes on hand....
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Re: Cocobolo finishing
Reply #1 - May 8th, 2017 at 7:26am
 
I have a pen made from cocobolo that I just polished the bare wood. It looks great.
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Re: Cocobolo finishing
Reply #2 - May 8th, 2017 at 11:14am
 

The finish choice depends on expected use for me.

Groomsman pens will probably not be treasured keepsakes kept in drawers, but rather will be used.   Good gloss, durability and oily wood point me to a CA finish rather than lacquer, dipped poly, or epoxy.   With not a lot of days, CA is faster than the others. 

I tend towards walnut-oil/CA, but which ever variation works for you is the best one.

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Reply #3 - May 8th, 2017 at 9:57pm
 
The hard tropicals look very good with buffed on carnuba which does not change the wood color as well.
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Reply #4 - May 11th, 2017 at 10:12pm
 
What I have settled on is after sanding to 400, two coats of deft sanding sealer, Yorksire Grit, finished off with Dr. Workshop microcrystal bowl finish.  I tried two with CA, one came out great, one had a lot of "blush" if that makes any sense. I think it may be the oils in the wood. Anyway, the sealer, grit and finishing wax seems to give the best and quickest finish! I'll post pics when all eight (now nine- we have a grooms-woman that I was not informed about!) when they are all done!
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Re: Cocobolo finishing
Reply #5 - May 12th, 2017 at 6:51pm
 
Not familiar with it.  What is in Dr. Workshop microcrystal bowl finish?
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Re: Cocobolo finishing
Reply #6 - May 13th, 2017 at 7:06am
 
Don Stephan wrote on May 12th, 2017 at 6:51pm:
Not familiar with it. What is in Dr. Workshop microcrystal bowl finish?


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Re: Cocobolo finishing
Reply #7 - May 13th, 2017 at 7:26am
 
i use a bunch of cocobolo on knife handles hand sand to 600 grit and then buff for me .  make note tho they handles will darken as they age (more so if in the sun )
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Reply #8 - May 13th, 2017 at 9:13pm
 
All done! Next time i will make the boxes! Or not- i think it would cost more to buy the wood!
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