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    MY blistered Maple

    Still learning to do hollow forms. I am using the Kobra system. This piece is 3 X 5 1/2. Finish is one coat of Colonial Maple stain sanded back to bring out the lighter aspects, one coat of natural Watco then Beall buffed. I am not happy with the finish and am planning to remove the wax and apply Waterlox. Any critique is welcome.

    Terry
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    blisters!!!!

    that sure is some unique figure there.. terry what dont you like on the finish? the blisters show up well.nice hollow form
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    Larry

    The figure shows nicely but it doesn't "pop". There also very fine scratches from the Beall buffing. I have a rake and every time I use it I clean the buffs and apply fresh compound. I have tried light pressure and heavy pressure, slow speed and high speed. I can't seem to buff without scratches.

    Terry

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    Love the wood!

    Man, where do I get ahold of that stuff! That's awesome! Good work, and nice form.

    About the finish, how much sanding do you do after the first couple coats? I am just now working on refining my finishing technique. I sand my bowls to 320, sometimes turning up the speed for this last grit in order to burnish the wood slightly. After I build up the finish with 3 to 6 coats I sand heavily with 400 and 600 grit. Then I apply a final coat that's almost completely wiped away after application. When I take it to the tripoli wheel I have been able to remove all 600 grit scratches, but any left from the 400 seem to be tough to get out. I am still learning, but this finishing techinique has been working great so far.

    Hutch

    P.S. BTW, I have been using gloss General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. No sanding sealer necessary, and you can give it a matte finish or high gloss. Also, this method goes through quite a bit of fine grit abrasives, but it's worth it.
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    I'm in the middle of a book on the history of space flight, so my first thought upon seeing the HF was "Wow - a cratered moonscape in wood!"

    Pretty cool.

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    Great looking piece Terry with some awesome wood. Not sure about your scratches. I don't sand my last two coats. I use a synthetic pad for those. I do the same for lacquer or poly.
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    NOT a turner!!!!

    but somewhere i read about the turners using saw dust to get a partial finish
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    Looks good from where I'm sitting, Terry.

    I haven't rough turned any more of the blister maple I've got, but I'll probably be doing something with it before too long.
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    Nice looking form Terry! That's really some amazing wood you have there! Finish looks fine in the photos - but if you do decide to redo everything please be sure to update this thread as I am sure we would all like to see this piece again!
    Steve

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    I've used sawdust/shavings on pens as a burnishing method for several years. I do a shear cut with a fresh edge, hit it with some 4-0 steel wool and a 1k polishing pad then grab a handful of shavings from the vaccum and cup my hand underneth the blank. A little Mylands and Renaissance Wax and that be that.
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