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05-31-2005 04:41 PM
hairfolicle2 I remember seeing something on DIY or something like that about using fire on the face of red oak boards before finishing, it makes the grain stand out like a neon sign.
05-30-2005 09:59 PM
Bob N
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Originally Posted by GoonMan
Hey Ed all thanks for sharing this ideal on finishing I have been wanting to try some new finishing wood. Has anyone tried this on something like red oak.
Randy,

I know it works well on soft wood like pine due to the softer grain. I would be very interested in the outcome on a hardwood like oak if you try it.

Cheers
05-30-2005 09:54 PM
GoonMan Hey Ed all thanks for sharing this ideal on finishing I have been wanting to try some new finishing wood. Has anyone tried this on something like red oak.
05-30-2005 12:34 PM
reible
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Originally Posted by Bob N
Ed,

You are reminding me of the many years I have on me. A long long time ago, when I was a wee lad in school, we did a project in shop using a similiar method. We made a lamp out of a large board about 6X8 or larger (can't remember for sure the size). We took a section about a foot or more long and threw it in a camp like fire and let it burn a few minutes before removing it and letting it cool. After cool, we took a wire brush and brushed out the grain and lose ash etc. Afterward we drilled the center and wired for a lamp and shade. I have no idea of the finish we used, but I would be willing to bet it was plain old varnish of some type being that long ago. I used that lamp for a very long time and was so proud of it. I wonder what ever happened to it over the years.

I may have to go out to the shop and make another someday now that you brought this reminder about.

Hope you and everyone here are having a great hoiliday
Gee now you have brought back a memory of a birdhouse my Brother made out of a section of 8" dia. tree. He made one end pointie (makeshift lathe) then..... well no need to go into to many details but combining your idea of the log in the fire and the bird house idea might just something a bit new for me to try and combine ideas is always fun.

Now all I need is a chunk of tree...... hey the fire would dry it too!!!! And then while its cooking I could make smores and sing old router songs.....

BTW if any of you are missing a tree from the backyard this coming week I did not take it...... honest.

Ed
05-30-2005 09:38 AM
Bob N Ed,

You are reminding me of the many years I have on me. A long long time ago, when I was a wee lad in school, we did a project in shop using a similiar method. We made a lamp out of a large board about 6X8 or larger (can't remember for sure the size). We took a section about a foot or more long and threw it in a camp like fire and let it burn a few minutes before removing it and letting it cool. After cool, we took a wire brush and brushed out the grain and lose ash etc. Afterward we drilled the center and wired for a lamp and shade. I have no idea of the finish we used, but I would be willing to bet it was plain old varnish of some type being that long ago. I used that lamp for a very long time and was so proud of it. I wonder what ever happened to it over the years.

I may have to go out to the shop and make another someday now that you brought this reminder about.

Hope you and everyone here are having a great hoiliday
05-30-2005 09:17 AM
jerrymayfield I have done tests and read the results of many tests done on clear finishes for outdoor use. Polyurethane varnish is always one of the very worst finishes. Any finish may be used outside that doesn't mean they will hold-up.The uv protection added to most finishes lasts from 3 weeks to 6 months. Investigate the results.

jerry
05-30-2005 04:47 AM
fibertech Use a small torch such as one that you would use to sweat copper plumbing. Set the flame so that it covers a broad area. The edges will have a tendency to burn more. You want to try and avoid this.
05-30-2005 12:20 AM
reible Thanks everyone who posted!

I'm going to give it a try... propane rather then white gas of course. Since this will be for me and not to sell I think I will go with a raw finish and see what happens after a couple of years.....

Ed
05-29-2005 09:11 AM
angus
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Originally Posted by jerrymayfield
Polyurethane varnish is one of the worst things to put on any thing that will be exposed to uv .

jerry
Jerry there are poly products that can be used out doors - Zar for example - an oil based poly that contains ultraviolet radiation absorber and antioxidants. - There are also many Marine type poly products available - ever had a boat?
05-27-2005 09:25 AM
jerrymayfield Polyurethane varnish is one of the worst things to put on any thing that will be exposed to uv .

jerry
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