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Fish thumper finish?

Discussion in 'Sanding & Finishing - Woodturning' started by The100road, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. The100road

    The100road Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    What finish would you all recommend for a fish thumper primarily used on salmon out in the salt water? Something that's going to help protect the wood from salt water and the abuse of thumping salmon over the head?

    Going to making something close to the below for a present.

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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    I would say a Spar varnish. It's a tough outdoor funiah, good for water and sun. Builds up well. Tony
     
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    I'd agree, any marine varnish. Or I'd consider one of the two part epoxy finishes. It's what I used on canoe paddles and they held up great.
     
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    I'll look into an epoxy finish. Any certain one you recommend?
     
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    Schroedc Trying to kick a nasy sawdust habbit.... Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    West Systems, not sure which one offhand. I think you can also brush on the tabletop epoxy kits form Menards and such...
     
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    I make some thumpers... Lol!

    I just use poplar and put enough poly on em to fill the pours and call it a day.

    Guys here dont clean em often and when they do it would wreck and decent finish I did put on it.

    I make them to be disposable basically. Maybe tell your buddy anytime he needs one you'll whip one up? Keeps the costs and hassle way down for something that's gonna be really abused. Lol!

    If not an epoxy would be the only thing that might stand a chance against beating a salmons skull in. :wacko:

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    Thanks @gman2431 thats kinda what I was thinking. He actually only goes out a few times a year so I think I should be okay.

    Do you put anything in the center of the wood to add weight?
     
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    Nope there's plenty of thumping power there to knock a salmon out.

    Another thought and something I've thought about doing...

    The thumper I grew up with fishing lake michigan with my dad was a metal rod with a pistol grip on the other end and you literally pistol whipped em with the back end of it.

    It was seriously stout and worked good. Got me wondering about a nice turned spindle handle with one on the end?

    It would be way easier to preserve the clear coat since the wood isn't on the business end.

    Just a thought.
     
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    I make my "Priests" (them that give last rites) from African blackwood. A nice heavy timber that is impervious to water damage. I put a wipe on lacquer finish on because it looks good until the time it's used. I don't see much point in spending time working a finish that will be used to brain fish, thrown in a stowage locker or on the floor of the boat. Of course, I make sure to tell the owner that if it falls in the water, they'll never see it again.
     
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    Interesting thread. One more thing I've learned- if ever I see a man bashing a fish to a pate, his club was probably made by a WBer! Nonetheless, I'd turn around :D
     
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