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Leopardwood finishing advice?

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Does anyone have experience or advice on prepping and finishing leopardwood?

I have a small piece that I'm planning to use as the floating panel in the lid of a small keepsake box.

When I took a smoothing plane to it... The little spots don't exactly plane well as they're harder than the wood that surrounds them.

For boxes like this I typically use an oil finish (I really like Gen Finishes Wood Bowl oil, so that's probably what I would like to use) with some wax on top of that.

 

Anyway, I don't have much to experiment with, so I'm hoping for some guidance.

 

Thanks in advance!

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About you question.  Try a card scraper or cabinet scraper if you do not want to use sandpaper>

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On 6/25/2020 at 2:05 PM, gee-dub said:

Leopard wood with Seal Coat de-waxed shellac followed by an oil/varnish blend.  1:1:1 mineral spirits, BLO and poly if I recall correctly.  The Seal Coat was to keep the Peruvian 'walnut' from bleeding into the leopard wood.  Depending on what you are doing you could skip it.

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These are sanded with a hard cork block with the abrasive drawn very tight.  You want a flat unyielding abrasive surface and a steady walk through the grits.

Gee Dub , thank you so much! This is great info and exactly what I was looking for. Sorry for the delay responding, the notifications been doing to my spam folder. 

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