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bri
05-28-2001, 09:25 PM
Hi,

This evening, I made this:

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It is a small piece of carved mahogany to fill the vacant ellipse of exposed trim where a doorbell button used to be. Are there any wood carvers out there who would know what to recommend as a finish for this outdoor thingamajiggy?

If so, thanks!

---bri

"There's a house with no bell...
But then, nobody calls.
Sometimes I wonder
If any are alive at all
...outside..."---Peter Hamill

paintfool
06-02-2001, 05:03 PM
Hi Bri, i'm not a wood worker but i would think that some Thompsons water sealer or linseed oil would be good choices. Even with these it's eventually going to discolor but i personally like the grey tones that weathered wood takes on. There is of course always paint but this is far too cool to do that too! I would think that you could also stain it and varnish with a few coats of polyurathane. looks good!
Cheryl

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paintfool

bri
06-05-2001, 06:31 PM
Thanks Cheryl,

I haven't decided yet what I should do. I don't really have experience with outdoor woodworks except to say that alot of folks around here get the cedar siding or shingles(not the disease) and they go grey in a bit.

Thanks for your time,

---bri

Mich451
06-07-2001, 05:53 PM
bri...

There is a company who is doing all the wood sealing at the Getty museum. The wood is not changed in color much, and its integrity is maintained for a very long time outside.

The company is FSC Coatings, 1(800)579-8459, and talk to Larry, the chemist. Trust me, he knows his stuff, (and I am in no way affiliated with the company), and will give you the skinny.

bri
06-07-2001, 07:42 PM
Michelle,

Thanks for your response.

What happened to your old tinyhead??? I liked that one! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif

I just got off the phone with Larry and he clued me in to what they do there at FSC COATINGS as well as what might work for what I'm doing here. He was a big help as were you.

Thanks again,

---bri

Mich451
06-09-2001, 12:53 AM
You are welcome...


Don't you like my potato?

paintfool
06-09-2001, 10:20 AM
Mich, i just love your potato. Makes me remember playing with my Mr potato head wheni was a child. Did you know that in the interest of being politically correct, Mr. Potatoe Head no longer comes with a pipe? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif ....
Cheryl

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Mich451
06-09-2001, 02:23 PM
I guess I'd better treasure my set's two pipes then...