1/6 brass rod at local hobby store. you still need washers though. www.microfasteners.com. or if you are looking to only do this one or a few others, classic shaving sells pin sets with washers, and different ebay sellers sell pin sets.
wood finish depends on the wood and the desired result. oils look nice but don't always work with all exotics. but for that case neither does polyeurathane. another great finish. epoxy coating is nice, but tempermental during the pouring and curing phase. (bubbles, time to cure, dust). lacquer can be used but not on all woods. CA(superglue) can be used but it is tricky to get it right and takes a lot of trial and error.
i love simple questions!!!
most restorers either have a woodworking background or have experimented with their tried and true methods. i fall into the experimenting. i have lots of scales with lots of finishes that worked for one type but not for another.
Originally Posted by PolsBirthday