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    i started scrolling awhile back and i started making some cross shaped necklaces for my church to give out to the kids who are getting confirmed.

    i made a bunch out of walnut and cherry and im wondering if i should put a finish on them or leave natural? i think they look great as is but im curious if they will get dirty over time from handling or what?

    let me know your opinions please?


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    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      LOL @ Mike...

      Northerner - I like to dip my items in a tung oil. It brings out the natural colors of the wood, and adds some protection to the wood. If I have time, after the oil dries, I will spray with a clear coat too.
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      • #4
        You probably should put a finish on them. It really helps bring out the grain and only adds to the beauty. The finish will also help keep dirt, skin oils, and all manner of yuck from ruining the look of the final project.

        I know Mike was a little subtle but, if you have pictures, give us a look at your craftsmanship. It's always nice to see what others are making.
        Keith

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        • #5
          here are a couple pics, hope they help

          besides what finish to use maybe you all can give hints on
          easy ways to do the round over edge sanding, it takes me
          forever to do it by hand. i bought some mini sanding mops
          but they were the wrong thing to use.






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          • #6
            Those are great looking. I'd dip them in watco danish oil. As for the round over they look fine to me a sanding mop is the way to go for this type of project maybe not the mini ones. You don't need these to be perfect they should have some character to them. In my opinion.
            "Still Montana Mike"

            "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
            Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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            • #7
              Finish them for sure. I have been using DEFTOIL Natural. It is a great finish for dipping. It i almost impossible to mess it up.

              Deft 070-04 Deftoil 1 Quart Natural Danish Oil Finish, Clear

              Interior danish oil finish natural size=quart Preserves and enhances the natural beauty of wood. Penetrates deep into the wood for greater protection. Provides a hand-rubbed appearance without the effort. Resists water, alcohol and other common household chemicals.
              Scott
              Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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              • #8
                can either of those oils be picked up at a BORG's or where?


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                • #9
                  Watco is available at most Borgs and most smaller hardware stores even. I buy it by the gallon but you can get it in smaller containers to give it a shot.
                  You can get it with tint added so it works as a stain as well now. I get those in the smaller containers as a little bit goes a long way.
                  Also if you buy paint thinner it will say 100% mineral spirits and is sometime s cheaper than mineral spirits.
                  "Still Montana Mike"

                  "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                  Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                  • #10
                    A dremel tool with a sanding bit will help with the rounding over.
                    DeWalt 788

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Northerner View Post
                      i started scrolling awhile back and i started making some cross shaped necklaces for my church to give out to the kids who are getting confirmed.

                      i made a bunch out of walnut and cherry and im wondering if i should put a finish on them or leave natural? i think they look great as is but im curious if they will get dirty over time from handling or what?

                      let me know your opinions please?
                      Post a picture when you get some necklaces finished.
                      I love to see what people are doing.
                      I'm going to be getting a scrollsaw soon, too.

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                      • #12
                        catlyn, you didnt look very hard.


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                        • #13
                          I didn't see any with the final finish or the piece that is going to place the necklace around the neck.....
                          I looked again and still didn't see that.
                          By "finished" I mean in the state to give to someone....

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