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Old 10-18-2004, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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preserve a piece of wood

I found an interesting knotted piece of wood today when I was working outside. It's small, foot and a half. I would like to preserve it in the way that I've seen walking sticks done. Any know-how on this subject is appreciated.
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Old 10-19-2004, 12:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but you would probably want to coat it with some sort of clear protective film like polyurethane. you can buy polyurethane at home depot in the paint and finishes section. they sell it in cans you can brush or wipe on, and in spray cans. assuming your piece is somewhat odd-shaped, i'd suggest using a spray-on poly. minwax makes one. just go to home depot and ask for a "spray-on polyurethane" and you'll get the right stuff.

tips

1. make sure you clean the piece thoroughly first. any dirt or test will end up screwing up the finish

2. use several thin coats as opposed to one thick coat.
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Old 10-19-2004, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but you would probably want to coat it with some sort of clear protective film like polyurethane. you can buy polyurethane at home depot in the paint and finishes section. they sell it in cans you can brush or wipe on, and in spray cans. assuming your piece is somewhat odd-shaped, i'd suggest using a spray-on poly. minwax makes one. just go to home depot and ask for a "spray-on polyurethane" and you'll get the right stuff.

tips

1. make sure you clean the piece thoroughly first. any dirt or test will end up screwing up the finish

2. use several thin coats as opposed to one thick coat.
I wasn't sure what I was looking for, because I didn't know where to start. But now I do. Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2004, 04:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Polyurethane is a good protectant for wood. Make sure you sand it first. Also, if you want to change the color, there are plenty of stains available. Then use the poly as a good top-coat.
One final note - the closer to a "glass" look, the more you'll need to sand and paint (varnish, poly, etc.). Alternate the paint w/the sanding (fine grade or better).
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