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    What finish do you prefer ?

    Don't know if this topic has been brought up before,but after the peanut oil thing,I was just wondering what type of finish do folks like best.I use a Danish oil that I mix myself (cheaper that way) on most all of my work,flatwork and turning.Although recently with certain woods I just use the beal buff and wax with a carnuba blend.I just prefer the natural looking finish.

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    If you meant strictly for lathe work, then I don't have an answer. I don't do spinny.

    For woodworking projects, my preference is for shellac - sometimes applied as a French Polish, but usually just padded on and rubbed out.

    For things like cabinets or table tops I'll use poly, or Behlen's Rock Hard.

    Danish oil? Seldom, if ever.
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    Anything that does NOT look like a plastic coating!
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    What finish do you prefer

    Nope wasn't just refering to just turnings.Its been so long,but when I did furniture work,I really liked poly,but like Paul said,I don't care for work that looks like plastic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    If you meant strictly for lathe work, then I don't have an answer. I don't do spinny.

    For woodworking projects, my preference is for shellac - sometimes applied as a French Polish, but usually just padded on and rubbed out.

    For things like cabinets or table tops I'll use poly, or Behlen's Rock Hard.

    Danish oil? Seldom, if ever.

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    Depends on what I've turned... on my pepper mills, I use a satin wipe on poly because of the handling they get... the poly will hold up and keep it's finish better... don't like the high gloss, just the satin.
    On my wine glass stems, I like to use the high gloss poly... again because of the handling.

    On bowls, I've used the satin poly in the past, but have just got a gallon of mineral oil that I tried on a cherry piece last week... it's a great finish and may switch all my bowls to that.

    Pens I still use the CA finish.... wine stoppers get a poly finish

    Don't do flat work, so not relevent for me.
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    Most of my turned pieces get a wipe-on oil/varnish blend like Formby's Tung Oil Finish or Minwax Antique Oil. I also use spray-on gloss lacquer on some stuff. I typically use gloss finishes, and just knock back the sheen with abrasives if I don't want the glossy look on the finished product. but I also have semi-gloss versions of wiping varnish and spray lacquer on hand for times when I can't knock the gloss back by hand.

    I like a glossy lacquer look, which (for me, at least) does not seem as plastic-like as most poly finishes. For some applications, though, I think poly is the best choice because of its durability. Chuck's peppermills are a good example.

    For the little bit of flatwork I do, I don't really have a particular favorite finish.
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    Pens and bottle stoppers get 3-4 coats of CA knocked down with 6000 mesh pad. Peppermills get a rattlecan lacquer, 600 between coats (4-6 coats) and Armor seal finish. Most bowls get wipe-on Poly and Armor seal finish coat. It's kinda fun to experiment with different finishes and see what pops up. Letting the finish cure is where I usually fall short.
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    I use most Antique Oil, Seal-A-Cell followed by Arm-R-Seal or Mike Mahoney's Walnut oil. On small stuff I use rattle can gloss lacquer.
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    I mostly do flat work so I use whatever on my turning. I have some friction polish, BLO, wipe on poly what ever I grab. Don't do pens so thats not an issue.
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    I use dewaxed shellac frictioned on....often followed by a couple of coats of Deft brushing lacquer frictioned on..Then Beal buff..I use this on my bottlestoppers.

    On bowls...my favorite is Antique Oil.

    On pens....I like BLO and CA.
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