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Well, I've had it with this wood. Too tempermental. I tried 4 different finishes on this frame(single slot-not cut yet) and everything made it darker( and it's already dark-bleach anyone?). I tried Gloss Spar Urethane (my old standby),Gloss Spray Lacquer,Bolied Linseed Oil,and then stripped everything off with Acetone and finally went with an Olympic Deck Sealer and an Industrial floor wax finish coat (3 coats). Still not happy-but it's acceptable. Hope the thing shoots well!
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LOL, it's so dark you almost can't see your logo. Although I like it! Have you tried bee's wax? I think just about everything will make it darker. Some exotics are so oily that you almost don't need to use a finish.
For the heck of it I'm posting something I found a little while ago. Maybe it will help others who are new to different types of finishes.
http://www.woodbin.com/misc/eco_wood_finishes.htm
 
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