Finishing up

I’m sure that most of you…..well, maybe some of you…..okay okay, perhaps two of you (hopefully), remember my post about making a walking stick.

When I left off, I was looking for advice about fuming. I was honestly really excited to try it, but looking for information about how to do it was like asking ten Jews a question and getting twelve different answers. Data overload!

The biggest problem was finding the ammonia. I had no idea that you can’t just buy it at the supermarket. BTW, I absolutely loathe going to grocery stores. I am very thankful that my wife enjoys it. So in the essence of time, I gave up on the fuming idea. Sorry.

So what did I use? Danish oil. It did bring out the grain, so I applied a couple of coats. Once the Danish oil cured, I applied three coats of General Finish’s satin polyurethane. Next, I put it on the buffing wheels to polish it up and gave it a final application of carnauba wax for a protective shine.

Here’s the final product. It is laying on an afghan that my grandmother made for me back in the 1970’s. I hope my mother will use this walking stick for many, many, years to come.


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Husband, Abba, Furniture Maker, Turner, Bookseller, and all around working stiff.
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4 Responses to Finishing up

  1. Ellis Hein says:

    Well Done!

    I am surprised that you can’t get amonia. I have fumed oak by wrapping the object in plastic (a large cabinet) and putting a dish of household cleaner containing amonia inside the wrapper. I let the thing sit for a few days and it did a beautiful job. But maybe that is answer #13 and I am not even Jewish.


  2. Bob says:

    Looks like you did a great job on it.

  3. Paul says:

    I’ve used “cloudy ammonia” to fume wood in the past. Freely available in Australia 😦 It takes your breath away, hurts your eyes and smells (so you didn’t miss much). I fumed some smaller pieces so placed items in a plastic aquarium, with 50mL of cloudy ammonia in a bowl. Sealed the aquarium with cling wrap and left overnight. I found the exposed wood surfaces reacted but where the wood was masked (by sitting on a support) that part didn’t react. Next time I’d sit the item on a support made with some plastic toothpicks to minimise masking.

  4. It is a lovely piece, Yaakov.

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