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How To How to clean up my Wood scales!!

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Dragons Breath Knives, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Dragons Breath Knives

    Dragons Breath Knives

    Aug 24, 2014
    Hi guys, I don’t post often, but VALUE all that is available here. I have a situation I need help with. When finishing out my wood scales with brass deco pins, how do I keep the brass from blurring and discoloring the wood during polishing ? It looks dirty and makes the wood look “gray-ish”. I appreciate any help you guys can toss at me !
  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Try to sand from the wood toward the pin. That helps a little.

    The main issue is keeping the swarf from getting in the wood pores. Apply several coats of sanding sealer to the wood whne the rough shaping is done. As you sand to final shape, re-apply sanding sealer whenever the streaks start showing.
    Nick Dunham and Keith Nix like this.
  3. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
  4. Tom Lewis

    Tom Lewis

    Feb 24, 2000
    I don't use brass for that very reason. 416 SS does not cause that problem.
  5. Dragons Breath Knives

    Dragons Breath Knives

    Aug 24, 2014
    Thanks all for the tips! What a great place we have here !
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