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Post 24 May 2020, 16:05 • #1 
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A generous friend made a tying caddy for me and I'm seeking advice as to how, or whether, to apply finish. I am thinking of maybe just a couple of coats of spar, just to seal the oak, or of just leaving it bare. Please let me know what you think. Any and all advice welcome. Here's the caddy:


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Post 24 May 2020, 18:08 • #2 
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Watch Danish Oil might be the easiest to apply finish ever. I know it says "oil" on the label. In reality it is a thinned varnish. Wipe some on, wait a couple minutes, wipe off the excess. Do that once a day until you like how it looks.


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Post 24 May 2020, 18:19 • #3 
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Well, I just checked the garage and I have an ample quantity of the Danish Oil in, whattyaknow, Golden Oak. Bought it for some project, now forgotten. I'll go with that. Thanks, Tom.

Charlie

p.s. Just remembered the project -- a puzzle board that my wife is very interested in having. Better do that before the tying caddy...


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Post 25 May 2020, 08:34 • #4 
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Second the Danish oil finish. Any penetrating type finish will work way better than spar on this type build.


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Post 27 May 2020, 07:56 • #5 
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For ease, something that small I would use a rattle can. My default finish is a can of shellac. Dries really fast, multiple coats in one day. Of course a rattle can of lacquer or spar varnish is also an option. I prefer wipe on finishes on flatter surfaces, the spray can will coat the spindles easily.

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Post 27 May 2020, 09:42 • #6 
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Shellac


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Post 30 May 2020, 08:05 • #7 
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Good ideas, thanks!


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Post 04 Jun 2020, 09:12 • #8 
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Tomah, nice gift! Personally, I very much like the look of raw oak. I might be tempted to wipe it lightly with some tung oil, or leave it raw.


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Post 05 Jun 2020, 18:05 • #9 
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Thank you, Sir -- I have some Tung as well. Will decide shortly and show result on the board.


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Post 05 Jun 2020, 19:39 • #10 
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Here’s a red oak fly tying caddy I finished in Zinsser Shellac. A very easy finish to work with and looks very nice.


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Post 06 Jun 2020, 20:32 • #11 
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That looks very good -- thanks for showing!


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Post 09 Jun 2020, 14:21 • #12 
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I decided to go with jhuskey's suggestion. Wiped on a coat of Tung oil yesterday and plan to put another on this afternoon. It darkened the wood a bit, but still looks very good, with quite a bit of enhancement to the grain:




I was all set to use the Danish Oil, as I have a lot of it, but mine is all Golden Oak tint and I was concerned about possible orange coloration on the Red Oak wood. My rattle can of lacquer is about a hundred years old, so didn't dare use that. I'd never used the Tung, and had bought a can a while back, so figured this would be a good trial. Will post final result tomorrow.

Update: here's the finished product. I"m very happy with it. There's a little sheen in the hook/bead well but nowhere else. Thanks, jhuskey and all for good advice on finishes.


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Post 11 Jun 2020, 08:22 • #13 
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Tomah, that turned out great! Glad you like it!


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Post 11 Jun 2020, 13:48 • #14 
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I think that turned out really nice. Should provide many years of great fly tying service for you.


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Post 11 Jun 2020, 14:24 • #15 
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Thanks, All -- looking forward to loading it up and using it.
Charlie


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