Bottle Stoppers

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Project by Chris Cunanan posted 01-03-2009 09:18 PM 1380 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

reclaimed project. reused some corks, found a branch somewhere around my neighborhood while walking my dog. Still have enough from that lil branch to make a few more, which I will because clearly its some nice figured maple.
Didn’t have to do much shaping as this branch is roughly the same size as the finished piece. Definitely finding out after a couple turnings it’s hard to keep some of the detailed lines true after sanding through all the grits, any advice in the category? These were a fun quick project that will be well received i’m sure as my grandparents abide by the glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away motto, lol. Finished with I think 3 coats of BLO, probably should have put more for a deeper/glossier shine.

oh and I noticed there was a weird change of grain near the knot on one side of one of them (at the top of the knot in pics 2 and 3 you can see it), and the way it soaked the BLO made it look completely different, like there was a spot that was unfinished…i know there’s sections that’ll soak up less than others, but this noticeably? any comments are appreciated…

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 09:49 PM

after you put the initial coat of BLO on the areas that suck it in so fast , you can always put shellac on it to seal those spots and it will be glossy for you if that’s what you’re looking for even after sanding .
Nice turnings : )

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 10:18 AM

so you’re saying shellac after the BLO? I always thought when u wanted to take extra precaution for even-ness in the finish u would use shellac first? I’m looking at getting one of those polishing “systems” with the different pads/elements, I have a spare lathe motor i got for free =) so hopefully my finishes can be more fool proof in the future

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 07:32 PM

The reason I said to put the shellac on 2nd was so that the piece would be uniform in color as the oils tend to darken / highlight the grain pattern . I don’t know for sure , but I don’t believe that the BLO would penetrate the Shellac if applied 2nd . You’ll have to experiment yourself to see what you like best . I believe my first response answered your question regarding your issue with the knot area sucking up the BLO and looking “unfinished”

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