Wine Glass

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Project by GCIMark posted 09-25-2015 04:58 PM 1035 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a bunch of wine glasses since I started turning (about 5 years ago) but this was the first one with a straight stem. All the rest have had offset stems (turned on two axes). It is made of white oak (stem), poplar, walnut, leopard wood and purple heart.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 05:47 PM

I’ll drink to that! Very beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 10:31 PM

Very nice. The thin stem and beads are impressive. Is that an alcohol/food safe finish?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 11:48 PM

Allen, I certainly do not profess to be an authority on “food safe” finishes but I can tell you what one of the salesmen at the Woodcraft store told me. Not long after I started turning bowls and wine glasses I was at Woodcraft to buy some wood and other supplies. I had a wine glass in need of finish so I asked the guy for advice on “food safe”. This is what he told me. Years ago the “finishes” manufactures figured out that if they produced a product and called it “food safe” that gave them a new product to sell. He said the truth of the matter is that almost all common finishes are “food safe”. He said that there are a couple finishes you want to avoid to be “food safe”. Shellac was one and I can’t remember the other one. It wasn’t something that I had ever used. He said lacquer, polyurethane and varnish (which is all I use) are all “food safe”. There was one caveat he mentioned. You have to let it cure out fully. He said that as long as you could stick you nose inside the finished piece and it didn’t smell like the can it came out of it was ” food safe ”. His logic was this. What is a plastic Solo cup? It’s a form of polyurethane in the shape of a cup. I have no idea if he was right or wrong but it made sense to me. And, as far as that goes, if anyone reads this and disagrees with this information I’d be very interested in hearing another opinion.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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