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    Finish to use on tiger

    I need some suggestions on how to best finish this maple for a hand tool. What would you do?

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    How dramatic do you want it to be? Medium brown dye to pop the tiger. Then clear finish of your choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    How dramatic do you want it to be? Medium brown dye to pop the tiger. Then clear finish of your choice.
    That's what I used on this spokeshave. Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks! The dye does look nice. What clear finish would be recommended for something like a tool that is handled often?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Thanks! The dye does look nice. What clear finish would be recommended for something like a tool that is handled often?
    Poly, for durability, but it'll chip and scratch, and be harder to 'touch up.'

    Tung oil makes a nice feeling finish in your hand, and is easy to replenish. The dirt and oils in/on your hands will discolor it somewhat, and makes for a nice 'patina.'

    I used shellac on the spokeshave, and it's holding up well.
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    Figured maple like that is popular with gun builders. The most common approach to bringing out the stripe is to use an acid. Aqua Fortis is the main one used. For use it is diluted quite a bit. No scientific amount. Usually less experienced users, like me, make very dilute. The solution is tested on scrap. In use apply and wait to see how much the color 'pops'. Add more and continue until desired effect is achieved. Then the wood must be neutralized to prevent the acid from continuing to darken. And, without neutralizing, eventually the wood may attain a greenish color that many find undesirable. Sand and finish. Tung oil will darken but is very moisture resistant and durable. High grade BLO is a good choice.
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    BLO??
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    Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO)...I think.
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    BLO or tung oil would be my choices. Either would pop the grain nicely. BLO will darken the wood a little bit more than tung oil. If you're looking for a bit darker tone, the dye approach Jim mentioned works well. TransTint Honey Amber for a more golden tone; light or medium brown for something a bit more, um, brown.

    For a tool that's going to be used, I think I'd just go with the oil and not bother with a clear coat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Figured maple like that is popular with gun builders. The most common approach to bringing out the stripe is to use an acid. Aqua Fortis is the main one used. For use it is diluted quite a bit. No scientific amount...
    Aqua Fortis, in modern terms, is Nitric Acid.
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