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Re: Hand Rubbed Finish

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-61.rconnect.com)
Date: 11/18/2 23:51

In Response To: Hand Rubbed Finish (Doug Hefele)

Normaly "hand rubbed" means a solid finish layer is built up onto the wood over a stain and hand polished (or rubbed) with a polishing agent such as pumice and parrefin oil or possibly steel wool. The purpose being to smooth and shine, or remove shine, thus giving the finish a highly dense slick look and a lusterous feel. If what you wish is to get the satisfaction of having to rub all that wood with oil and wax then YOU could call that hand rubbed, I suppose. This may make you feel good about your work but it won't protect the wood fibers as well as a brushed on varnish or give you the sheen of a true polish. As for the boiled linseed oil, it will darken over time and will need periodic waxing to prevent a dull look from comming back every six months. Do not mix the wax with anything but elbow grease, put on an oil stain of your choosing wait a few days and either wax or finish. Shellac is fast and more like the original finish, it looks good when hand rubbed, I suggest you try some fresh shellac on a sample board and get a good polish or some 0000 steel wool and see what you think, you may be surprised at how good it looks.

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