Thread: U-Beaut Aussie Oil ..... a fan!
7th Apr 2016, 12:50 PM #1
U-Beaut Aussie Oil ..... a fan!
Over the last few days, I've become quite a fan of the Benevolent Dictator's latest brainchild....Aussie oil.
I was making a presentation box of mixed timbers including spalted something, Australian red cedar, rosewood and (I think) some sort of ash (?).
It required a smooth gloss finish to bring all of the elements together. I had bought a bottle of Aussie oil at SWWWS and it seemed to offer what I needed except that the instructions stressed that it was best suited to small items such as jewellery. I took this to mean that it would be difficult to apply to a larger surface .... but not so. I certainly wouldn't use it on furniture but it was perfect for a 250 x 150 x 75 box. I followed the instructions, something I've only 'had time' to do since I have sort-of retired, and it worked perfectly with no edge nor overlap issues at all.
The final finish is both glossy and silky smooth, a sensual finish that Ive only achieved before with satin finishes.
The key must-do's are "shake the bottle 'til a cream colour', apply using a piece of cloth pulled tight over a finger tip and work a small area to a gloss finish.
I will be using it much more!
PS, no connection whatsoever to the Benevolent Dictator other than a heavy user of both the forum and his products. No animals were harmed during this process other than the total destruction of a wasp nest after being stung mowing the paddock while waiting for the glue to dry!.... donít vomit in the hire car!
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7th Apr 2016, 01:39 PM #2SENIOR MEMBER
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As always I'd like to see photos.
I have started down the dark rabbit hole of box making and have only used WOP so far, (to good effect too)
I have tried waxes and other "good oil" products.
But always interested in other products, processes etc.
How fine did you sand too and how.
One finger approach seems very time consuming??
A circular motion or with the grain.
Any fillers needed prior?
Thanks for the info so far.
7th Apr 2016, 06:16 PM #3
This job sounds familiar
7th Apr 2016, 06:45 PM #4
As requested, after only 1 coat.......
I sanded through the grits with my ROS to 800 but finished with a worn Jost 800 disk hoping to satisfy the instructions which recommend 1200.
One-finger-finishing went remarkably quickly especially as I tend to finish components as I go. When doing a patch, in a circular motion, it is very obvious when that area is done and then I just moved to an adjoining area and kept going. There were no edge nor overlap issues.
I don't use any filler on boxes, it looks too much like laminex to me?
As for the contents of the box....you'll have to ask Wheelin'.
Fletty.... donít vomit in the hire car!
8th Apr 2016, 08:20 AM #5
Thanks Alan for making this box its much better than the black cloth it had been kept in. I will pass on comments from the friend the box is for.
The contents of the box is a Goniostat made by an old school friend who was head engineer at NSW Fire-brigade now retired. The instrument is used to Hone a fine edge on tooling used in machining or Ornamental tooling/cuttuers. I had intended bringing it along on Fletty's sharpening GTG day and is why I have it. The Stainless steel bolts are actually the fact it slides on when in use. At some stage my other mate also Allan will make a protractor and pointer to go with it.
8th Apr 2016, 01:25 PM #6
As it happens I have two bottles of El B. Dictator's (is he a relative of Cecil B. Demille, the well-known sawmiller) latest finish. I have been looking for something to use them on. Only problem I can see is that I don't have a Goniostat: Never needed one until now .
"Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!"
8th Apr 2016, 09:38 PM #7
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11th Apr 2016, 01:09 AM #9
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A good edge takes a little sweat!!
11th Apr 2016, 08:24 AM #10
11th Apr 2016, 09:18 AM #11
I'll give it a go in the lawn blower and mower later today to check some more!
fletty.... donít vomit in the hire car!