I am in the process of restoring an old plane (a user). The tote was in
very bad shape and I made a new one out of padauk and I thought I would ask
for suggestions for a finish. I am leaning towards teak oil and then 5-6
top coats of shellac, but I wonder if that would be durable enough. Any
The handling is going to wear off any finish you put on there. I'd just
go with oil. Keep in mind the Padauk is going to oxidize and darken
considerably - naturally and from the oils and dirt in your hands. Any
top coat will keep the color longer, but I really don't think it will
last very long with use.
Owen Lowe and his Fly-by-Night Copper Company
Offering a shim for the Porter-Cable 557 type 2 fence design.
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