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    Cottonwood Cake Stand

    I finished this cake stand turned from a solid piece of cottonwood today. This one and two others were custom ordered for a customer out in Georgia near Atlanta. The top diameter of it is 13" with a total height of 5" and a base diameter of 8". After being roughed out while still wet and green, it spent about a total of a month in my kiln turned down to about 80 degrees. I don't like drying soft woods like this any hotter. After it was sanded down I sealed the wood with walnut oil. After it was soaked in good I finished it out with a walnut oil and shellac mixture. Hope the photos attached this time.
    Last edited by Dave Hoskins; 03-17-2015 at 11:35 PM.

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    It appears that your attachments didn't get attached. Typically this happens if it's been more than an hour before you click the post button after uploading them.
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    Hi Darren. I just re-attached. I attach them right after I write the post and half the time they are there. Otherwise they aren't. Hope they show up now. Thanks, Dave

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    dave go into advanced mode and after you place them do a preview of the thread to see if they are there ..right now they are not.
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    Thanks, Larry. That is actually what I do, and I see the photos just fine. Even when I am not logged in and just view the thread, I see them just fine. I don't know why this happens, but it does. Anyway, I redid it again. Hopefully they are there this time. If not, I'll redo it again when I get back. Thanks, Dave

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    well dave that didnt work either you have posted pics here before and done fine? must a step is missing somehow?
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    Hi Larry. Yes, did it carefully this time. Again. But, I was holding my mouth differently. I have posted photos before and usually have to do it more than once for some reason. I put photos in the albums. Come back later and they aren't there anymore. Guess the aliens took them. Or, a troll. Anyway, I previewed the edit and they were showing. That's all I can do. Funny. I can build my computer from total scratch. I am my own webmaster. But, I can't post photos successfully the first time here. Oh, well. Practice will eventually get it done.

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    It worked! Very nice work Dave. Finish looks like it should hold up well!
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    Thanks, Jim! I rarely use anything but walnut oil and shellac. I once upon a time I used Mahoney's walnut oil, buying it at Woodcraft. But, they moved too far off for me to so I switched brands. Not as good of oil and so I went back to Mahoney's buying it from him online. I keep a gasket sealed decanter jar by the lathe full of it. The shellac I use is Zinser's that I buy at Lowe's. I mix them at about 50/50 and it really gives a nice finish coat that hardens well. I don't ever use lacquers or varnishes. I do keep a spray can of shellac around for when I turn walking canes.

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    that worked fine and looks great.. glad you got it figured it out
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