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Hi all, i have a few nice discs of Yew that we took down a while back that i want to make a few things from (clock face, wall art etc) and was just wondering what finish i should put on it?


Its still very light so i would ideally like to darken it very slightly but still enhance the natural grain of the wood itself and also put a nice glossy finish on it. Iv tried Teak oil in the past but again it comes up very light.


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :thumbup:

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I've been experimenting with natural dyes for leather recently.

A mix of white vinegar & shredded steel wool left to stand for a week or two turns leather & some woods black.

Perhaps a weaker solution would darken it to the required tint or maybe just try the vinegar on its own.

There's also the old favourite of document forgers.....tea!:biggrin:

Then use beeswax to finish.

Edited by bluebedouin

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You can use stains and dyes on yew, but you will need a perfect surface, otherwise any scratches across the grain will stand out quite badly, especially if the dye/stain is sanded back. If you want a durable finish that will not alter the colour after staining/dying, use PU varnish.

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Just done a small table in Yew.Put sanding sealer on then medium brown Briwax.Spent a lot of time on the prep to get a nice gloss finish.


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