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Wood finish for saya

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by sharksfan7, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. I'm planning on making a saya. Never done any type of woodworking before so I'm working on gathering things I'll need for this project. Since this will most likely be a one-time thing, it seems like such a waste to buy a whole can of tung oil or Minwax to finish it. The magnolia saya that came with my other knife, I'm pretty sure, doesn't have any type finish at all. But I got a thin cut piece of bubinga and some poplar for the one I'm going to make. The bubinga is lighter in color than I was hoping. I'm assuming I need to apply some type of finish to deepen the color. Any reason why I couldn't just use the mineral oil/beeswax mix I use on my cutting board as a finish?
  2. Burl Source

    Burl Source Founding Member

    You can use the board butter but it will be a dullish finish.
    You can get wipe on poly or danish oil for under $10 that will look a lot nicer.
    and....you might find yourself freshening up the finish on other things around the house.
    Big thing is to sand it well no matter what finish you use.
    I would not stop sanding at less than 600 grit.

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