Saturday, July 14, 2007

Finishing and Fire

I just put on a couple coats of linseed oil/beeswax finish on my pieces, gives them a nice warmth and protects the surface. After its applied the pieces got hung up to dry, which did give me an opportunity to see just how many pieces go into this thing (incidentally 35 separate assemblies, made up of a whole shwack of smaller parts).
The only downside to this process, linseed oil can spontaneously combust, which would probably be far too entertaining in a shop filled with tubs upon tubs of dry wood shavings and stacks of dry lumber. The solution, why a prescribed burn of course. It is rather scary the amount and duration of flame you get off some oily paper towels.

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