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post #1 of 3 Old 09-12-2020, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Would you use redheart for this project? And best finishing?

I only do 1 project a year most years. This year it's going to be a page-a-day calendar as a Christmas gift for my wife (those little 5" square desktop calendars). Yes, that means I'm making 365 five-inch calendar pages but that's a different discussion :-)

This stack of paper will sit in a little wooden holder I'm making that will essentially be a box open on one side with a thumb notch on the top and an angled frame on the back to hold it at a 30- or 45-degree angle.

I was thinking of using 1/4" redheart just because (a) this is a small project so it won't be expensive overall to use an exotic wood, and (b) it's an unusual-looking wood. I have no experience with this wood - just wondering if there's some gotcha or consideration I'm overlooking.

Also, what kind of finish should I apply on it? When done, this is going to sit on a countertop.

Thanks for any advice!
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I made a project using redheart a while back. Many exotic woods cause problems with finishing, so I seal them with shellac. In this case, I tinted the shellac with a little red dye. It enhanced the red color of the wood, and I figured the tinted finish also acted as a sunscreen to help retain the red color of the wood. I topcoated with clear lacquer.
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I have used redheart for small woodturning projects and noticed no woodworking-related issues.

Redheart is one of those red woods whose color changes a lot over time (like padauk and bloodwood). Exposure to light makes the change go faster. I don't know if your countertop gets a lot of light. There is no stopping it, but exterior finishes with UV protectants can help slow the change.

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