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    To finish or not to finish - That's the question!

    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

    Oil that hardens

    Poly

    Shellac

    French polish

    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.

    Attachment 2938

    Attachment 2939

    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.

    Bruce
    Last edited by Bruce Shiverdecker; 01-07-2007 at 07:49 PM.

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    You're way, if it works for you, is the right way.
    One of the first things I learned when I started this woodworking/turning insanity was that a fellow could go broke quickly experimenting with different finishes. There are just so many out there and the search for the best is more addictive than gambling.
    Your bowl: Lookin' fine from this end.

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    Followup of the finishing process.

    Here are pictures of the rest of the finishing steps, for comparison.

    Oil
    Attachment 3126

    Two coats French Polish
    Attachment 3127

    Tripoly Polish
    Attachment 3128

    White Diamond Polish
    Attachment 3129

    Carnuba Wax
    Attachment 3130

    An attempt to show absence of a Finished look (Camera doesn't focus this close)


    This gives a finish that people OOOOO and AHHHH over and is as close as I can currently get to a Museum Quality finish.

    Hope you found this interesting.

    Bruce

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