How To Use & Sharpen A Wood Scraper

The first step towards producing a superior finish is to start with a perfect surface.Slight imperfections which you hope will be covered by the product used, will be emphasised and the more highly polished the article becomes sanding rings, chips, cracks and any other faults will become more serious. When you think you are finished sanding, sand one more time with the grain (and the lathe off) to remove scratches across the grain. No. This is solid Short Leaf Acacia so the normal precautions for wood saw dust should be followed when cutting. A pigmented wax will conceal any nicks, scrapes, or blemishes in the wood color or the finish. Power Buffing – Unless you get it just right, power buffing can burnish the wood eliminating a lot of the flash and movement in the figure. Note the fingers are supporting the gouge as they rest on the wood and hold the tool at the same time. Basically, fine sanding scratches add tooth to the surface for all but oil finishes to stick to it.

This unique, irritant free, odourless clear formulated burnishing gum is a great replacement for Tragacanth, use it to burnish the flesh side of your leather for a smooth and attractive finish. Once dry, use #0000 steel wool with clear Briwax to level the surface (Photo B). Buffing with a buffing wheel and carnauba wax will bring out the shine. Lay the scraper on a firm, flat surface such as your bench, and wipe a liberal smear of heavy oil along the edge.

It is put under a vacuum and then high pressure to insure that the solution completely penetrates the pieces of wood. For the same reason the deeper gouges take of more wood because you can and still keep the corners out. Sometimes finishes are burnished (rubbed smooth) with paper bags, cardboard, newspapers, etc. This method tends to make the colors more vibrant and adds depth to the figure in the wood.

Waxed floors generally have a very flat sheen as well as a depth of color that is difficult to achieve with a topical coating, especially the widely used waterbased top coatings in use today. Used a felt chalk board eraser, and wiped hard with an old tee-shirt to wipe down surface. I own this home and would like a professional estimate at 13800 Burnished Wood Ct, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. I’ve seen videos of Japanese woodworkers using this technique before applying the finish and assumed it was to eliminate sanding while still attaining a very smooth surface. Repeat the glue followed by sanding until you have a smooth surface with no open pores.

Use a small piece of wood, in this case a wooden spoon, to rub over the entire surface of your carving. Dry wood (preferably lower than 10% moisture content) is placed in a container with the stabilizing solution. The burnished surface also doesn’t provide a whole lot of tooth” for the finish to bind to. Now since the surface was so polished, it already started shiny. The thinner viscosity of the Stick Fast CA Wood Finishing Kit makes it easier to apply.

You can use a jig like our Veritas Jointer/Edger , or you can simply clamp the scraper in your bench vise about a finger-thickness high, so a file lying level across the fingers of both hands just contacts the edge as you move it along. Rub the surface of the wood with a pea-sized particle of polishing compound on a soft cloth, concentrating on a circle no bigger than 2 inches wide. This is one of the few tasks which I find is more easily done when the wood is properly dry. Coarser grained wood with larger pores tends to get clogged with buffing compound.

Because the Original Wood Finish contains beeswax, we are adding moisture resistance to our wood. If there is no damage to the surface you can usually brighten things up just by applying a couple coats of paste wax followed by hand buffing with a soft cloth. Polishing compound contains extremely small particles that scrub nitrocellulose wood finishes to a high gloss. To finish burnishing your scraper, set it up in a vise and scrape the edge back and forth with the burnisher. Usually the finer you sand the wood the more defined the grain patterns become.

However, the wood lacquer should not remain wet – instead, immediately after that you need to wipe away the excess of water with a dry cloth. I just always assumed like somebody else said, the finish is only as good as the surface you put it on. If the edges don’t feel very sharp, they aren’t; keep at it. Once you’ve sharpened one edge, turn the scraper over in your vise and file the other edge likewise.

While burnishing wood with oil or wax sounds exciting question the durability of these types of finish. Oil-modified products such as High Solids Gym Finish (#234) will amber” over time (darkening occurs most during first year) when applied to new or newly sanded floors. Someone once told me that gouges are designed to cut across the grain, when I try that the wood usually splinters and chips.

When the piece is completely cured (again, 24 hours after the final coat), apply a coat of wax using #0000 steel wool (Photo B). Finally, buff the wood surfaces to achieve a pleasing satin sheen. I haven’t seen any reference to burnishing wood using just the handle of a chisel or other smooth hard wood. Rick Merwin from Stanton, CA based Fontenay Wood Products melds the old world look of the European oil finishes and their environmentally friendly aspects in the production of their reclaimed wood flooring products. Too much clear wax applied to the finish will make the wood look dull and lifeless.

This mixes sanding dust with the glue to fill the check and blend with the surrounding wood. It can be burnished to a mirror-like gloss or rubbed down to a satin finish with fine steel wool and wax. The result is color which looks like it is coming from within the wood grain rather than being applied to the top. Best Uses: Use this finish on salad bowls, platters, salt and pepper mills, and other utility items needing a durable finish. Avoid causing heat when sanding, or you’ll burnish the surface, making it difficult for a finish to adhere and penetrate.

Mineral oil is used to rehydrate and protect wood furniture from stains, spills and liquids, while vinegar cleanses it. Pour the mixture in a bottle and you’re ready to go! Wipe the surface of the wood with the oil until it has a wet look and then wipe the oil off. Applying the finish with long, smooth strokes, we should see the sheen deepen throughout the wood. Moistened with water and again either on the bench or in the lathe (slow speed), apply burnishing cream.

Furniture oil like Tung and Linseed oil evaporate, get tacky and the remaining residue dries to a hard and protective finish. Letting the surface dry between several wet sanded coats, eventually ends up with a smooth surface and no open pores. If I’m going to use a hand-rubbed finish, such as gun-stock oil or french polish, I’ll probably sand the wood up to 320 grit, whisker it with water and sand again before finishing. This Craft Sha original (patent pending) product is made from the wood of the Sakura tree.