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thought it might be best to introduce myself and say G'day, main reason I got onto this site was to get some info on polishing up some timber that Ive got for a stair balustrade. OK I'll elaborate, the timber is jarrah 3x3 that has been out in the weather for about 40 years so what I've done is planed the three not as weathered sides to leave the weathered side complete with gaps and grey wood and I'll dress it up with tung oil to keep it as close to original without any shine. The other sides as per what I've read on this site, I'll sand and polish it through the grades of paper and probably go the finest wet and dry and wet polish with Tung oil to really get the natural shine I'm looking for. All part of the bigger picture for a floating staircase with treads that stick out of the wall that have the sapwood left on the non step side so it looks like a huge tree trunk (hopefully) Any suggestions clues would be graciously accepted.
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G'day Mark. Welcome to the forum.

I would love to see photos...

Jarrah is a beautiful timber.

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There are so many ways, the big thing that you should do is to try what ever method you decide to use on some scrap wood and to not start anything until you are happy with the finish you are getting on the scrap wood. once you are happy then do the staircase. NGM
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There are so many ways, the big thing that you should do is to try what ever method you decide to use on some scrap wood and to not start anything until you are happy with the finish you are getting on the scrap wood. once you are happy then do the staircase. NGM
Thanks Neville, currently in the process of doing the treads and pretty happy with the results so far, the Bannister I'll be starting on scrap as you suggest to see what works. Tried using matt varnish on the weathered timber but it came up too dark whereas the Tung dried back to original colour, actually more of a silverfish grey which looks pretty good.
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G'day Mark. Welcome to the forum.

I would love to see photos...

Jarrah is a beautiful timber.
Thanks for the intro James, have to agree with you there, I'll start putting some photos up when i get get a few more treads done so far I've done one side of a total of 14, still Rome wasn't built in a day.
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