FAQ's -General Info - Product Care:
Question: What is the proper height for a dummy to be mounted?
Answer: This answer can be many different things depending on who you talk to. I can't give you an exact height like from the floor to a reference point on the dummy. A wooden man should be mounted to the correct height of the practitioner which varies for different heights. That is why many stands are adjustable to accommodate the height of a that person. If many different people use the dummy then it is best if able to adjust the height.
Question: What is the correct diameter of a wooden man?
Answer: There seems to be many different diameters of wooden men sold. The average or what I consider the best is from 8.5 to 9.5 inches. I strive to make my dummies with in that range. Please keep in mind all the parameters from a persons size to if the dummy slides and or how it is mounted and many other attributes to come into play for this question.
Question: My dummy has some marks from kicking etc. What can I do?
Answer: Woodmen will exhibit some marks after training on them. My personal dummy has many marks from lots of training and especially from kicking with different types of shoes. This is expected. The absence of wear means the absence of training. This is why I recommend reapplying Tung Oil on Wooden Men with oil finish. Wipe off shoe marks as best as possible with damp soap and water and after it drys reapply a new coat of Tung Oil. Tung Oil will continue to further penetrate into the wood. This is a good thing.
For wooden men with stain and polyurethane finished. You really should not have to reapply. You can wipe down and then reapply more coats of polyurethane if desired. In ordered to re-apply new stain the old finish would have to be removed/sanded down to original wood then reapplied. Recommend taking the dummy off the stand to re-apply polyurethane.
Question: Can I mount my wooden man in a garage or on a porch?
Answer: As with any fine wood furniture a controlled environment is the best. You have made an investment on great piece of training equipment which will proper care will last many generations so take good care of it.
Garages are subjected to extreme temperature changes. In summer they are very hot and parked cars from driving make them even hotter as well with extreme cold in winter. There are also great influxes of humidity which can cause changes in any wood such as cracking, spiting from the wood will expanding and contracting with environment changes. I have seen many wooden men in garages but I highly do not recommend it. Open air areas such as cover porches etc... are even worse. Porches are really subject to humidity changes as well as direct sun light depending on time of day and not to mention bird mess insects like mud wasp which build just about everywhere.
Question: Do you need reapply a finish on cutting boards and or chopping blocks and how do you clean wood cutting boards?
Answer: I recommend applying Howard's butcher block conditioner to all cutting/chopping boards periodically depending on how frequent you use them. See below on page. Cutting/Chopping boards are laminated hardwoods glued together with water proof/resistant glue so hand wash with soap and water only and hand dry afterward with a towel. Do not put in a dishwasher or submerged in water.
These are some of finishing products I used on products.