Natural - Satin finish
I did some experiments during the lockdown and built up a lap stell from some scrap wood I had in my cellar. Started to be only for fun, but I kinda like what came out!
I was looking online for a finish that would give some cool natural look, satin to matte, protecting the wood at the same time. The idea was something like this:
I was looking at Danish Oil, found a tutorial on Youtube, where the wood is sanded up to 240grit then 4 coats of danish oil are applied on it starting with the first coat wetting the wood a lot and progressively lowering the amount of oil and wiping it down after it soaked in the wood. Fourth coat would be applied using 600grit sandpaper and then a last finishing coat with a wipe again.
I think I could use some of your experience here to understand what would be a nice touch. The wood is part of a plank that is used by builders for scaffolding, it should be pine if I'm not wrong. Budgeting wise, well consider where the wood is coming from lol.
Here's some pics of my work, don't pick on me, it's my first build and I did it just for having some fun hahaha!
How it was when I started:
First coat of water-based protective layer:
Thanks if you can give me any advice!
@ndakota Looking good so far! looks indeed like pine. I don't know if those knots will be a problem or not on a lap steel. On a regular guitar or bass neck, you don't want that.
Concerning the finish, I have nothing to add as I have no experience with Danish oil yet but usually you get a matte or satin finish quite easily with oil.
Success with your build!
I've never done anything like this, so I'll try Danish Oil on some scrap wood that was left over the build to try it on, unless I'll get any other more suggestions from someone more expert than me!
I'm glad you liked it! I guessed it should not have been a problem because in a Lap Steel the neck is never touched. The Frets are actually only printed on aluminum to give guidance, but never touching:
I only hope it won't get cracked with temperature, humidity ecc...
@ndakota I’ve got some of this I’ll be using:
Have a look on YouTube as there was a product demonstration/tutorial for it somewhere. From the reviews 3 or 4 coats would leave a nice satin sheen on it.
I’ve only done a small test over dyed mahogany so I can’t show you what it might look like on pine.
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One warning with oil finishes is to be careful with your application cloth/paper disposal. The curing is pretty exothermal and apparently, it's not unknown for things to catch fire if you just lob the rags in the bin.
Yeah i heart of that. I wondering what may be the good way of disposing it, i guess throwing it out in an extinguished firepit may do the job..
By the way, what about liquid wax? What would be the effect of that finish? I think oil may still be better, but I wanted to do some tries..
@ndakota there's a video where Chris from Highline Guitars talks about how he handles oil soaked rags (or, more precisely, "handled" as he now uses alternative finishes when he wants the oil look). You may be able to find it.
If I recall correctly, as he's working he throws them in a bucket of water, then later he takes them out and lays them out separately and leaves them for a while (probably overnight) till they're dry, at that point the exothermic reaction would be pretty much over (I can't remember if he took any further precautions).
This is the finish that I got on pine with Danish Oil, I think it was three coats. As for disposal of the oiled cloths, I layed mine out on a concrete slab to dry, once they're dry you can bin them.
Good finish, Danish Oil is my favourite and good point about the cloths. I know a violin maker who burned his workshop down by throwing wet cloths in a bin full of wood shavings
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I quite like the white colour of the pine, the other side is brown though.
22/06/2021 7:45 am
That's beautiful! That is what i would like to get! Is that still pine or you combined 2 types of wood? If it is still pine how did you get that color?
No that's not pine. The top is 12mm thick mahogany, again with three coats of Danish Oil. It started of looking like this.