Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: 18th century brace (drill)
- I was thinking the same thing, Tim. I resort to stains when I'm
impatient and don't want to wait for the natural patina to form. :-)
On the "smooth out with use" comment - I have some tools that were my
grandfather's when he was a young farmer in East Texas (1930's). On a
hammer, the handle "feels" like it was sanded by 180-200 grit sandpaper.
The "sweet spot" (where you'd typically grip the handle), it's darn near
glass smooth. On the drawknife, only the pear shape of the handles
allows you to keep a grip - the handles are as silky smooth as the most
expensive of dining-room tables.
And these are handles he *made*, not factory handles. :-))
PS: To put myself in the frame of mind of our medieval forebears, I just
think about how my grandfather would have done it - he made the
high-chair used by my mother, aunt, and eventually daughter, using only
an axe and a rasp!
On Tue, 2008-12-16 at 09:20 -0800, AlbionWood wrote:
> Well, that's red oak for you. It should smooth out with use, which
> will also provide the most authentic finish: the natural patina from
> oils on your hands and the grime from work. I really doubt most
> medieval hand tools received any other finish.
> Dave wrote:
> > Plain beeswax is probably my best choice for my own
> > situation, besides it fills in the pores of the oak well (I have
> > raised the grain with water twice and I still cannot sand it down
> > satisfactorily).
- No, it doesn't have to, but a finish, especially oil, is going to retard
swelling and shrinking from moisture which leads to splitting. Since
there's no disadvantage, why not? By far, the antique tools in my
collection that have an intact finish have faired better.
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Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: 18th century brace (drill)
Why assume you need any finish on it at all?
If it's made of a suitable hardwood, just start using it. If you don't
like the feel of raw wood, rub some wax in to make it more comfortable.
Not every wooden item must have a "finish" applied to it.
> I haven't got the slightest idea about splitting, sorry, I don't have------------------------------------
> much experience here. I only just completed it and I haven't even
> tested it out yet. I was waiting to put the finish on it first, but I
> have not heard any input from anyone here yet on authentic finishes
> for tools.