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I bought 3 bf of blood wood and was going to make a few smaller items with it. Before I get going, I'd be interesting in knowing any gotchas with finishing the wood. As well, I'd like to hear the best finish to use. Thx
 

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I'm jealous of your blood wood. Although I've only had the fake stuff (paper, probably), it had a strong red tint and it was beautiful.
 

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Bloodwood is an oily wood so it should be cleaned with acetone prior to gluing or finishing. Also bloodwood tends to turn brown over time. If you wish to retain the red color as long as possible I would pretreat the wood with Sunblock sold by Quick Kleen. It works like a sun screen for wood. Then because of the oil content of the wood I would seal with Zinsser Sealcoat and topcoat it with an oil based polyurethane.
 
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