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Finishing Smoke Bush - Need Help!

Discussion in 'Sanding & Finishing - Woodturning' started by Karl_99, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Karl_99

    Karl_99 Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I turned a pen using Smoke Bush, but I cannot get a CA/BLO finish to hold.

    Any tips or tricks for finishing Smoke Bush?

    Thank you
     
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    What is smoke bush? :ponder:
     
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    Karl_99 Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    It is Smoke Tree...[​IMG]
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Planted one of those outside my office last year... anxious to see it bloom this spring.

    Just a thought, but could you start with shellac for a base coat then build the CA afterward?
     
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    Not sure if this will help? If Smoke Wood is like Teak it has oil in it. Before finishing take acetone and wipe down the wood and after put on finish.
     
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    Shellac will stick to anything. I took a two-day course in the 90's from the famous George Frank. His claim to fame was shellac finishes. I will always remember him saying that he could French Polish a block of ice. If you could keep it from melting, I believe it.
     

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    How fortunate to have spent time with him. He's a legend. That's got to be one awsome memory
     
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    Amen. He was 91 at the time and spry as could be. Watching him lay down a French polish and then him spending two days teaching ten of us how to do it goes down as one of my best woodworking experiences.

    Through that experience, I also met Prew Savoy, who lived down in Lewes, Delaware, who was a sidekick of Mr. Frank for many years. Prew was also a world renowned finisher and his specialty (along with George) was to make "antique" furniture that would pass as the real thing with major museums. By using old wood, old tools and old finishing techniques plus a few secrets they wouldn't talk about, they could and did fool many museum experts. The stories they told during the course were mind-boggling.

    George told us about buying an old church steeple in Paris that was from the 1500s. He insisted on taking it down himself. He didn't want the steeple, he wanted the six inches of dust that was in the steeple. That dust was later used in "antique" pieces he made to give authenticity for anyone wanting to test the dust. He told us that 13 major museums in the world have pieces of his proudly on display. I have no reason to doubt him. A cool guy.
     
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    @Karl_99 did you finish the pen? Would love to see what the wood looks like.
     
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    @Lou Currier I had to trash the blank as it split during the last attempt to refinish it.

    I did find a beautiful Chittum Burl blank to complete a Sierra pen. The picture does not do this justice...
    Sierra Pen with Chittum Burl 73018.jpg
     
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