Interior Forest Alaska birch wood
Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:56 PM
Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:42 PM
I use Tung oil followed by buffing with steel wool and wax on most of my canes. I like the finish and prefer oils over film finishes for canes. I think either Tung Oil or Boiled Linseed Oil are more durable than film finishes like polyurethane or varnish. Are you leaving the bark on or peeling them? Any oil based finish will add some yellow to the color. I have one birch cane I made. I left the bark on and used a water based finish on it to cut down on the yellowing.
Pictures? We love pictures here and I know I'm always interested in seeing what other makers are working on.
Posted 11 May 2017 - 01:54 AM
Edited by CV3, 11 May 2017 - 01:56 AM.
Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:49 PM
I have mentioned on here before that I prefer a home made mixture that is well known among wood workers. It is a blend of equal parts of BLO, spar varnish, and turpentine or mineral spirits. It is applied in the same way as an oil finish. The advantage is having the look and feel and ease of application of oil along with the protection from moisture and UV rays of spar varnish. I've been told if I use turpentine, I should use the better quality available at artist's supply, but I haven't explored that yet.
Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:17 AM
Posted 12 May 2017 - 06:40 PM
I have made several canes and sticks from yellow birch and a couple from white birch. I like the toughness of a polyurethane finish, personally, but everyone has their favorite.
Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:47 AM
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