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Backyard Amber Varnish

david weaver
I get an error when I try to use the search function to find the varnish thread from a month or three ago.

I did make dammar/pine resin varnish with raw linseed oil, turpentine and maple ash.

This is a cherry guitar neck with that varnish padded on. Looks a little funny because it pads on with some viscosity (it's slightly thinned to rub out).

I'd call it an amber varnish. The recipe didn't yield varnish this dark, but it took me a long time to get the varnish up to the full temperature needed for the oil and resins to properly bond, so it got quite dark in the meantime (it was about 100 degrees short for probably a half hour or hour - don't remember now).

I will probably do that on purpose in the future.


Far nicer to use than the canned varnish and doesn't stick to your hands as much. It should go without saying that instead of a petrochemical type smell, it smells like pine resin and turpentine. quite pleasant, but it needs UV to cure unless you want to wait 3 weeks.

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