PKBrown Woodworking

Depending on the project or customer request, I'll use different types of finishing. I'll use one of the following, a pickle sauce or a mixture of stain and tung oil. After the sauce or stain has dried, then I'll apply multiple coats of shellac, with a final application of bees wax.

  • Pickle Sauce: Pickle sauce is a homemade mixture that I came across. I'll soak galvanized nails in white vinegar for a few days to a week. Afterward, the solution is liberally wiped onto my projects and let to dry. During the drying process, you can see the transformation of the wood. After it dries, the wood has an aged appearance. The sauce leaves the wood with a dark, black almost appearance with purple high lights/hues.

  • Stain and Tung oil: There's nothing really fancy here with this. The reason I make this mixture, I believe that the stain pulls some of the tung oil into the wood when it is applied and left to dry. The tung oil mixes easily with the stain, and I feel it doesn't alter the appearance of the stain all that much, if any. One problem that might arise with using tung oil, it is made from the nut of the Tung tree. Some people may be allergic to the odor of it.

  • Shellac: Shellac has multiple uses, from a food glaze to a wood finish. Shellac is a natural product from India and Thailand. Before refinement, it starts as a resin produced from the lac bug. Shellac has been in use for over 2500 years.

  • Bees wax: The I currently use is a mixture of bees wax and orange oil.  
For more information on the finishes I use, please go to my links page.

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