Monkey pod wood Scales learning curve.

wall e

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So being the newb that I am I decided to use a new type of hardwood that was part of a package buy, Monkey Pod.
Has the same colorings as walnut with some dark random stripes through it. The weight is less than walnut but tougher is what I have read.
If any seasoned wise ones have any suggestions other than true oil to finish with Im all ears.
I tried to go with what was asked for a knife just a cutting tool but saw the depth in the wood so am now hand sanding to try and make it more dominant.
Here is what was asked smooth and started with a coat of true oil.


It darkened the wood and gave it some depth but after curing for 12 hrs (after my nap and work) I didn't like it. So back to rawish wood it goes to sand up to either 600 or 1k
 

wall e

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Well here is 3 coats of true oil on the scales.
The self made felt liner darkened up drasticly since it started as a lilac/lavender color to the dark purple as requested. Win by accident. Lol
 

John Wilson

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that looks great to my eye, Walt. Are you hitting it with 0000 steel wool between coats? That helps get rid of the buildup on the tang and gives it a glassy smooth finish.
 

wall e

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I was smooting out the bubbles and buildup between coats with 0000 steel wool as suggested last year by you and a couple others.
 

wall e

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I think the next one will be finished the same way I did the coolibah burl since this wood is pretty porus.
 

wall e

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Thank you.
I may have an extra block if you wanna trade for something you have surplus of besides oak,bay laurel/pepperwood/here we call it myrtle wood. I have shoe boxes filled with dry scale sized raw pieces. Hehe
 
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