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Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 18th, 2017 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was watching a friend who has a acoustic guitar building business and was taken aback by how he used 'pumice' mixture for grain filling on a rosewood bodied uke that he had built.
While not have ever done a guitar finish from raw wood, I have never heard of this method. I am not certain of his ingredients used with the pumice, but the pumice was a powdery consistency and has used it with great results. It didn't seem to cloud up or reduce the final result, but you mentioned a slurry used for grain filling and was wondering if this was a material that you had used also? Then again, I'm not sure what is in those products that are offered for grain filling.
He had done a few videos show casing his builds and restorations, of which he has done many, but through out these videos, none had shown or given any hint as to application of finishes used but did see him apply the powdered pumice then wipe over it with some sort of finishing oil and alcohol mixture.
That's all I got from this!
Just thought I'd share an observation.....

M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

Oct 18th, 2017 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The pumice method is usually used with shellac. You pad a couple coats on then take a pad with a tiny bit of pumice and alcohol and scrub away. The oil is just to keep the pad from sticking, the alcohol melts the shellac and the pumice helps mix wood fibers into the shellac to fill the grain. It's very labor intensive but works.
Oh yeah, nice work Mick

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 18th, 2017 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Correctly identified! He had used shellac with alcohol for the wiping method. He mentioned that that the alcohol thinned out the shellac and aided with the ease of wiping while not becoming tacky and it seemed to flow easily and cleanly.
Thanks for helping me to understand this better.
I'd never heard or really seen the method used and found it very informative. Are you familiar with this Mick?
Just thought I'd share. ....... Woody

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Oct 18th, 2017 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cal, I've heard of the pumice routine but that's the extent of my knowledge.

As for the method I used, it's simply wet sanding the wood with wet/dry paper and using the Tru Oil as the lubricant. I used P800 & P1000.
As I mentioned earlier, it was bit of trial and error to find the right "wetness" but I got there in the end.


Teledan
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Australia/Canberra

Oct 22nd, 2017 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks great Mick.

I'm about to start a Tru-Oil finish on that Tele bass neck. Had it with my setup guy up until yesterday getting the frets seen to, masked it all up last night then realised I had to order the Tru-Oil online (none at Bunnings :-) ).

Something to do next weekend I guess.

(This message was last edited by Teledan at 10:09 PM, Oct 22nd, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Oct 22nd, 2017 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...then realised I had to order the Tru-Oil online (none at Bunnings :-) )."

Yeah, the only supplier for Tru Oil in AUS that I've found is Pitbull Guitars in WA. They've been really good with their shipping time (at least getting out. Australia Post on the other hand...)

Who's your "set-up guy"? I used to live in Canberra.
Just curious...

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 12:17 AM, Oct 23rd, 2017)

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