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Bodark, Osage orange finish
Jul 23rd, 2017 at 11:31pm
 
What do you guys use for finish for this wood?
I recently acquired a bunch of this stuff and like I was told, its hard as concrete, but sure is pretty when done.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #1 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 12:05am
 
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It all depends on what you are doing with the wood.  Eating from or looking at.

I have used both the beall buffing in them with great results, Shellic and wipe on poly and then just friction polish.
With all of them the last thing I do is put on SPF80 for UV inhibiter and it helps the colors last.  I have Paduak, Osage Orange, and others colors which fade and now 4 years latter it sill has the colors just like I made it, however, I do not know how long it really lasts since the first one is still going and the others I have put on a new coat in the last 3 months.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #2 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 8:22am
 
I'm not aware of any finishing application or adhesion issues with this wood. As Arlin mentioned, figure out it's intended use and apply the appropriate finish.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #3 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 5:53pm
 
Thanks for the responses.
As with everything Ive turned so far, its just for looking at.
I just didnt know if there was something that others were using for this particular wood. Like I said I have a bunch of it, so I will experiment with each piece.
On another note, I acquired a bunch of free pecan today, why do I end up with all this hard as concrete wood lol  Grin
At least its free right?
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #4 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 6:13pm
 
Be careful with the Pecan, many times wood from nut trees is hard but can have lots to small checks in it if not sealed well after cutting. As with anything, inspect it before you turn it.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #5 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 7:05am
 
Thanks for the reminder Ed. I spent about 4 hours cutting up the wood with a chainsaw and sealing all of it with anchorseal and putting it on my homemade racks in the shop. I also got some cedar elm, texas walnut, and red oak as well.
I'll be making a circle cutting jig for my band saw today.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #6 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 8:37am
 
Maybe it's just me but sometimes when you get "free" wood, it doesn't really end up being free.  Roll Eyes
The amount of time invested in milling it, roughing it, and starting to turn it, only to find it's so full of checks, cracks and shakes that it's not suitable for turning, it's no longer free.
Hopefully you have better result than some of my "free" wood adventures.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #7 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 11:42am
 
As far as the osage orange is concerned - it is hard enough that sanding to 600 or so and applying wax with a buffing wheel can give a nice finish with a really nice feel. It will darken, though, there's not much you can do about that.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #8 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 11:47am
 
Ed Weber wrote on Jul 25th, 2017 at 8:37am:
Maybe it's just me but sometimes when you get "free" wood, it doesn't really end up being free. Roll Eyes
The amount of time invested in milling it, roughing it, and starting to turn it, only to find it's so full of checks, cracks and shakes that it's not suitable for turning, it's no longer free.
Hopefully you have better result than some of my "free" wood adventures.


On the other hand - there's something really extra frustrating about purchasing a blank only to find out that it is cracked, or that it has a pith inside it or has bug damage, etc.  I think overall, I have had as good or better luck with stuff I have processed, as stuff I have bought.
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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #9 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 11:45am
 
All my wood is "free" Checks are a way to experiment with color/fillers. I buy my resin by the gallon.

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Re: Bodark, Osage orange finish
Reply #10 - Jul 29th, 2017 at 8:15pm
 
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With the Osage Orange I made before on more then half of the it gets Tru Oil which is a gun stock oil and I love it.  Again on certain things like mallets, weed pots and stuff like that.
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