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Restoration of a large mahogony 40-year-old sunburned Tiki
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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
Posts: 354
From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2009-08-28 12:28 pm   Permalink

Just a P.S. to the refinishing of the carving. Showing a couple of examples of carvings left in antiquated state and some that designers try to make look old.
I have a collection of lumberjack tools and a few years ago I did a test to refinish some common items. Both wooden handles started out looking the same, dry, grey, old. One handle I put a good amount of a mixture of mineral spirits, oak penetrating oil stain, and boiled linseed oil. Let soak in and wipe dry. Looks good and has remained that way for last five years. Tung oil (100%) is also good. I use the boiled linseed on carvings from the swapmeets, but the really old ones I leave as I found them.

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