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For those of you that make Shillelagh's -- what is your favorite finishing process?
 

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Well, I havent made one, but my favorite finish is CA Glue. In my opinion, it is the best looking toughest finish out there.
 

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I like to put spar varnish on mine.
 

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Well, I havent made one, but my favorite finish is CA Glue. In my opinion, it is the best looking toughest finish out there.
Which CA glue do you use? I have never used the stuff, but I have been seeing that a lot of people do use it -- and I may give it a try!
 

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It really is a matter of preferrence. I like to finish mine with tung oil, so more of a matte (if all wood), but I also have used sem-gloss poly(to accentuate bark)
 

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I recently made one with a laquer finish. Put on several coates and on the last few, I buffed lightly with 0000 steel wool. Afterward a good buffing with a soft cloth gives a nice semi-gloss finish.
Very nice! What kind of wood? I've been debating with bark on or off! Historically you read about bothe ways.
 

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I used Osage Orange for this one. I found the piece in the woods near my house. The bark had already dried up and mostly gone so bark off was the only way to go with this one.
 

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I used Osage Orange for this one. I found the piece in the woods near my house. The bark had already dried up and mostly gone so bark off was the only way to go with this one.
I like it -- wished we had Hedge Apple on the farm! John Hurly, in his shellelagh making book, says historically the bark was off -- today the bark is left on for tuorist's. But I like the bark contrast.
 

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I recently made one with a laquer finish. Put on several coates and on the last few, I buffed lightly with 0000 steel wool. Afterward a good buffing with a soft cloth gives a nice semi-gloss finish.
That's a very nice spalted piece there Bill, nice find!
 

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I recently made one with a laquer finish. Put on several coates and on the last few, I buffed lightly with 0000 steel wool. Afterward a good buffing with a soft cloth gives a nice semi-gloss finish.
I am so proud to own this beautiful work of art. Actually, my bride now owns it and she is delighted!
 
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