Finishing Turnings, both utilitarian and artistic, can cause quite a lot of questions. A fellow woodturner asked me how I did my finishing, so here's some thoughts.
What type of finish are available:
Oil that hardens
And a number of others
What I'm going to offer is just my way of looking at the finish process. I don't want to cause an uproar.
Being somewhat of a purest, I like the beauty of wood to speak for itself.
Therefore, I polish the wood till it has a gloss of it's own. Like this one. It is Cherry and has an inherent glow that is warm and lovely.
Right now it has NO finish on it. It has been polished to 4000. I feel the only reason to put any finish on it is to protect it, not to put an artificial shine on it. I'll put a light coat of Butcherblock oil on it and spin it in, then several coats of French Polish, Finally, I'll use the beal system to smooth out the Shellac and wax it.