I have a project made of bubinga, but, since I have never used this wood
before, I really don't know what kind of finish to use.
I am considering tung oil or water soluable poly. I don't want or need much
darkening of the wood. It is quite dark enough already.
The project will require some gluing, and I suppose that I should use one of
the dark products. What kind do most people use?
> I have a project made of bubinga, but, since I have never used this wood
> before, I really don't know what kind of finish to use.
> I am considering tung oil or water soluable poly. I don't want or
> darkening of the wood.
Have you considered using BLO rather than straight tung oil?
Don't know how it affects bubinga, but it did a nice job on a white oak
piece I just finished.
I have used Formby's tung oil on oak, and it works quite well. However,
when I checked to container to see what kind of juice it has, all I could
see was "contains Aliphatic Hydrocarbons". I thus wonder how much tung oil
it really contains and is my experience with red oak directly applicable to
I have considered BLO and have not thrown it out of consideration. At
least, I would know what I am using.
It's funny how a finish that darkens one wood, may lighten another. I've used
tung on bluegum and it turned a light orange-y timber into a beautiful rich
glowing purple. I have also used it on a blonde gum and it darkened that less
that the BLO control sample did. Go figure.
Nothing beats experimenting with the actual batch of the timber you are using,
Since you mention gluing and water based poly in your post also: I recently had
a bad experience when I glued up a knifeblock with an 'improved' pva glue and
finished with waterbased poly: the poly somehow reacted with one of the glue
lines and caused it to swell and bleed under the finish :-( Curiously, the
other glueline was unaffected.
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I've used a LOT of it on turning projects but never flat work, so this input
might not help...
Mostly used natural danish oil... doesn't darken very much and really brings out
the grain pattern..
On pens and bowls, I like the look and feel of the bubinga just sanded and
buffed with the beall system... the wood seems just oily enough to buff to a
nice glow without any oil or finish...
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