03-02-2019, 05:16 PM
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This is a brush I completed recently.  The light orange wood is Padauk; the other is Ironwood.  Many hours of sanding and polishing.  Labor intensive but very gratifying.  The knot is a Virginia Sheng badger.

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 03-02-2019, 05:28 PM
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Ed, that's a beautiful handle.  Well done!  What is the finish on the wood?

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 03-02-2019, 05:29 PM
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Gorgeous!

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 03-02-2019, 05:35 PM
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That’s a handsome piece of work. Great eye! Would you mind briefly describing the shop processes you used and difficulties you encountered in building it? The more I look at it the more steps I can see. Nice nice job.

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 03-03-2019, 03:31 AM
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Babeando Thumbup A stunning brush. Thumbup Did you do it all by hand ?

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 03-03-2019, 08:15 AM
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  • MaxP
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Very Nice Work.

Thanks for sharing the pix.

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 03-03-2019, 10:05 AM
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Wow!  I'd prefer that brush to many other wood brushes that are sold as limited editions.

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 03-03-2019, 10:35 AM
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That is beautiful!

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 03-03-2019, 01:04 PM
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  • BSWoodturning
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Very nicely done!

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 03-03-2019, 02:34 PM
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  • RyznRio
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Superb!

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 03-03-2019, 10:23 PM
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Looks lovely - whats the finish on it?

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 03-04-2019, 04:54 PM
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First...thanks for all of the kind comments.  Concerning construction of this brush.  I glued up the Padauk and Ironwood.  Once the glue was set, I used my drill press and a forstner bit to drill out the knot hole.  I then used an oscillating spindle sander to rough out the basic shape.  After that, lots and lots of sanding to get the final shape.  I start with 100 grit and then move to 120, 150, and finally 220 grit.  Once finishing with the sanding, I the soak the handle in a jar of Watco Danish Finishing Oil for at least 24 hours.  I then wipe the handle and let it dry for a couple of days.  I then start the polishing process.  I use Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish.  I apply the wax sparingly using small circular strokes.  I didn't count, but this handle has upward of 50 coats of wax.  I could go on and create even a better shine.  However, I am satisfied for now.  Just to let you know, woodworking is my hobby.  I used to do bookcases, end/coffee tables, entrance tables, etc.  But after three cervical spine surgeries, I can no longer do the heavy lifting.  I now do jewelry and trinket boxes.  The brush handles I do for fun.  Starting with a hunk of rough wood and turning it into a nice handle gives me great satisfaction.  Attached is a picture of a brush in progress.  I was able to source some Flame Briar in Turkey.  As you can see, it varies from to a pale brown to a dark reddish color.  I have several other brushes in progress and will post pictures when finished.  I don't know if I will ever use the brushes.  Right now I enjoy the construction and putting them on my display shelf.


I know I got kind of wordy.  However, I wanted to answer the questions on how the brush was constructed.


Thanks very much.


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 03-04-2019, 07:17 PM
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Beautiful

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 03-04-2019, 09:18 PM
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Thank you for sharing the process Ed. The idea of soaking in finishing oil is one I might try myself... and I can totally see  (and agree with) the making of items just to enjoy the process of making them.

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 03-05-2019, 08:53 AM
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(03-04-2019, 09:18 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Thank you for sharing the process Ed. The idea of soaking in finishing oil is one I might try myself... and I can totally see  (and agree with) the making of items just to enjoy the process of making them.

I received the info on soaking the handles from a lady that makes cutting boards.  It is easier since I do not have to put coat after coat of the Watco on it.  I figure that in 24 hours the wood will soak up all of the Watco it will.  That leaves the polishing.

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 03-09-2019, 07:39 PM
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Beautiful!

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 03-10-2019, 01:49 PM
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Gorgeous!

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 03-10-2019, 01:54 PM
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Really nice!

I'd like to see your jewelry boxes and other work too sometime.

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