View Full Version : varnish on lignum vitae
Thaddeus J. Van Gilder
09-17-2002, 10:17 AM
you guys have anyluck varnishing lignum vitae?
my varnish is coming off after 3 monthes, and I was wondering if there is a better finish.
LV is well known to be difficult to glue or finish, because it's so oily. I have a mallet, and it won't take my linseed/terps at all. I once made a knife hilt with it, and had to use a solvent before gluing. Maybe that will work before varnishing as well. If you have a scrap, try it. Brush on an oil solvent, and when it dries, try the varnish.
09-18-2002, 09:28 AM
I put the words varnish and adhesion into the search thingy, and asked it to search the entire message in Build/Repair, any date, and got a couple dozen threads. I looked at one or two and saw a lot of discussion about every aspect of adhesion of varnish and other things.
Then I put varnish and lignum vitae into the search thingy and got only this thread.
Then I put lignum vitae and adhesion, glue and variations into the search thingy and got nothing.
Then I put varnish and lignum vitae into Google and got quite a few threads where people seem to be doing it, so it seems that it can be done.
09-18-2002, 12:24 PM
This may not be a lot of help, because I think it may not be available in the States, but in a spirit of enquiry I put Coelan on my lignum vitae deadeyes this year and it has proved very sucessful - it has adhered perfectly, which varnish never did.
I made blocks and cleats out of lignumvite; don't bother varneshing them; polish them up on a buffing wheel using a coarse and then fine compound just like it was bronze. It shines up beatifully. I think if you do a Carina search you may see a photo of them.
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