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Wood sidewalls - love, care, and attention or ?

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I've been somewhat tempted to use cutting board oil.

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I've been somewhat tempted to use cutting board oil.


My SkiLogik UCs uses wood sidewalls,.  If you want it to look good, just rub a little Tung or linseed oil on it (Tung oil is better).  Linseed oil is not that waterproof, but the Black Locust sidewalls with that thickness shouldn't crack or let moisture in.   Tung oil won't yellow, and has a natural satin finish. If you are worried about moisture, a coat of wax (like used on furniture) couldn't hurt over the oil, but it likely isn't necessary.

 

I use shellac or a satin spar urethane (Varathane) on my playable antique golf clubs to keep the moisture out.  I suppose that would work OK, but it is likely overkill. 

 

You can apply any of this stuff with your finger tip, a Q-tip, 0000 steel wool, etc.  So long as it doesn't go anywhere else on the ski, it doesn't matter.

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From Wikipedia: Flavonoids in the heartwood allow the wood to last over 100 years in soil.[7] In the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe, black locust is one of the most rot-resistant local trees, and projects have started to limit the use of tropical wood by promoting this tree and creating plantations.

 

Sounds like no treatment is necessary--at least for ski logic skis. (Although 100 years might not be long enough judging by some of the retro gear threads that pop up from time to time.)

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From Wikipedia: Flavonoids in the heartwood allow the wood to last over 100 years in soil.[7] In the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe, black locust is one of the most rot-resistant local trees, and projects have started to limit the use of tropical wood by promoting this tree and creating plantations.

 

 

And the honey is pretty durn tasty too, lighter than clover imo comparable to alfalfa  - too bad the locust borer and the heart rot virus make it impossible to get that sort of heartwood grown in the US.
 

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Sounds like no treatment is necessary--at least for ski logic skis. (Although 100 years might not be long enough judging by some of the retro gear threads that pop up from time to time.)

 

Yeh, I'm using old woodie experience to inform my actions on these new skis too.   Ofc, we didn't really deal with the sidewalls much, or at all really.

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