ulloa_josh

Oddball finishing question

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I just completed something that's sort of like a handle and I'm depending on the natural texture of the wood to provide "grippiness." I'm probably just going to leave it as raw wood but wondering if it would be better to put some kind of finish on it or let it develop a natural patina from lots of hand contact. Curious to hear some other opinions/ ideas. Thanks!

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If you don't want to lose the grippiness texture you might go with a coat or two of oil, perhaps tung oil. Will give it some protection, but not overly slick surface...if you don't use too many coats. At least that is my early morning (pre-diet coke) thought. Hopefully others with more specific experience will chime in.

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yeah - I'd do an oil. Tung, watco, mineral oil. Just a coat or two.

Although a thin shellac coat (sanding sealer) might work to seal the wood against your natural skin oils. You might want to test that on a bit of scrap and see how it feels.

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you could add ground walnut shell to your sealent. that is what the old boat builders did so the decks would not be very slick. sand wont work sand sinks to bottom of finish while walnut stays suspended much long and floats a little.

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