This is a piece of red eucalyptus crotch wood, about 7 1/2" wide by 5 3/4" tall. There are a bunch of piths in it, so it cracked like crazy. Still, the wood was nice and I wanted to go ahead and see how it would look finished out. I first filled the cracks with epoxy and charcoal dust (with a bit of India ink to color the epoxy), but the epoxy never did set up right (old stuff). So I dug it all out and used charcoal dust and CA instead. There were a few wood particles in the charcoal, and I wrongly assumed they wouldn't show up in the final product, but they do, so now there are little light-colored flecks scattered throughout the crack patches. I may fix them with a Sharpie if they start to bug me too much.
The collar is walnut, ebonized with India ink followed by a couple coats of a shellac wash that was tinted with more ink. I'm not completely happy with the transition into the collar, but it is what it is.
As per my latest fad, it's finished with Tung Oil blend, then a few coats of spray lacquer, with some 600 grit wet sanding at the end. Polished out with the standard 3-wheel approach. There are a couple spots in the finish I'm not happy with, so I'll quite likely try some touch-up after the finish has cured a bit more.
Lots o' pics, since there's different stuff going on in the wood all the way around.
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As always, opinions and suggestions are welcome.