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Finishing Ash Beam

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by stanna, 6 Oct 2010.

  1. stanna

    stanna

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    Hiya

    Just fitted a collar tie beam into an extension. It is exposed internally and made from Ash timber.

    Just wondering if anyone has some tips for finishing it. IE oils, wax etc.

    Would like to preserve the light finish but would like to bring out the grain more.

    Also as ash is a hardwood it seems to be attracting flies. Does ash contain tanin like oak and do i need to treat with an insecticide?

    Cheers

    Stanna
     
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    The timber doesn't really need treating although if you wish you can , it won't do any harm .
    Much less tanin than oak.
    Linseed oil would bring out the grain and won't darken too much, boiled will give a slightly glossier finish than raw but I'd always go for the raw myself.
    Is the timber still green? Unseasoned timber may be the reason for the flies?
     
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  4. stanna

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    Yes its seasoned.

    Dont suppose you could point me to some images that i can compare.
    Not much on ash timber that i can find.

    Thanks for reply.
     
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    Not a beam but a chest of mine but it is ash and it is treated with linseed oil which if I remember correctly was the raw type.

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  7. stanna

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    Thanks for this.

    Gives me an idea what to do.
     
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