I am sure this is an absurdly simple question but please bear with me.
I recently had a custom piece fabricated and all went well, right down to the wenge wood handle. The original piece that the weapon was modeled after had a wonderful polished wenge handle. However one little oversight was that my handle has a sort of dull natural wood finish. How could I go about getting a shiny sort of finish that shows off the grain? I recall shellac from home ec class and have seen dudes on forged in fire rubbing a whole handle down with superglue but something tells me that's not the way...
Not knowing the type of wood I’ll just make a general statement. Try sanding it with 600 grit with mineral oil progressing to 1200 or 1500 grit, still with the oil. After that rub in teak oil with fingers. Repeat the teak oil on a daily basis until satisfied. Tongue or linseed oil will also work. If you use linseed oil a vigorous rubbing with your palm will generate heat that in time will give an attractive polymerized surface. Personally I do not like those finishes created with shellac, varnishes, etc.
Yeah, I'd use oil, too. With a good polish it makes the wood shiny and slightly translucent, which gives a much deeper luster than you'd get with surface treatments like lacquers and varnishes. Also it makes the wood itself moisture resistant, and it won't start drying and cracking with age. Almost any oil will work, IME, but they give slightly different hues (e.g. linseed oil will make it a little yellower, while mineral oil should just darken it slightly or not at all).
Also, if you want a nice smooth shiny surface, don't go straight to the ultra fine papers. Start with something fairly low, depending on the current finish, and go up gradually from there. Always sand in the direction of the grain. And moisten the wood before sanding to make the grain stand up.
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If you moisten with water in order to make the grain stand up, do just that moisten, a damp towel will do the trick. Then hit it with 000 steel wool. I know the process as dewhiskering. In fact, with age the grain may stand up on its own and need to be dewhiskered. This happens in time with my canes and I just hit the surface with 600 grit (finishing with 1200-1500 has been recommended and I use to do that but am happy with the 600) and mineral oil after using something like liquid Pledge to get the grime and sweat out. Whether you start with a courser grit would depend on the condition of the wood presently. Like MOK said, oil will prevent cracking with age.
christain: Don't feel alone, Scott. I gotta work Sunday while the rest of the family has Easter dinner. That's okay though...I'll just eat double when I get home.
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ouroboros: Sorry Scott. Hope time off comes soon
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redscorpion: Ah, I see now. I stand (or rather sit) corrected. Nice seax. Been thinking about picking one up for myself.
Apr 19, 2019 1:16:10 GMT
christain: Congrats, Nord! Nice looking seax you have there. You've waited patiently, and now...the reward! When you decide you want a Viking longship replica built, I know a couple'a guys.....
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nerdthenord: Lol, I posted pictures Scorp. In my own thread and the new acquisitions thread.
Apr 18, 2019 22:48:45 GMT
redscorpion: Good for you, Nord! But.... no pictures = never happened.
Apr 18, 2019 22:25:43 GMT
nerdthenord: Well, I pick up my seax Tuesday, which is just perfect lol.
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Djinnobi ☽✮☾: Yea thanks for viewing my thread, chris!
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christain: PM reply sent. Beddy-bye time. Work tomorrow. G'night, all.
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nerdthenord: Christain, sent you a PM about that sheath. Oh I am so exited for my seax! It is supposed to be epic! I updated my thread about it btw.
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