Nice Amber Silky Lacewood - Made a ring with it

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Project by Michael McKenzie posted 04-18-2017 11:44 PM 1125 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Same ole steam and bend process using CA as binder and stabilizer. Sanding then micro-mesh. Exterior is finished with Behlen Wood Turner finish and Behlen topcoat. Beeswax polish.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 01:31 AM

Cool ring. I have never tried that process.. nice work!!

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 09:17 PM

Thanks Mr. Jakosh. I think it may have taken root with the introduction of Cyanoacrylate -CA aka Super Glue. The “THIN” version of that glue is sold in larger volume containers now because of the INSTANT stabilization of even the greenest wood.

Wood Turners instinctively knew what this meant for them and I think that’s why you are seeing such beautiful, delicate burl bowls with “live edges” and large voids , Banksia Pods and other feathery materials that can be lathe-ready instantly. Now apply that to steamed bent wood as well (for large pieces I think the toxicity of the CA becomes an issue, it’s wicked to work with) but smaller pieces made from wood that inevitably to delicate to remain intact are making a resurgence thanks to this clear adhesive-and stabilizer that permeates the entire wood through wicking, dries instantly in most cases, creates a great moisture barrier (nothing is waterproof) and sands so well without gumming up sandpaper.

you can even use micro-mesh pads to get it to a gloss and use the CA again as a top coat (on lathe). It’s pretty amazing.

Best Tip: If a crystal clear finish is goal, be wary of using on moist wood, it will ‘cloud” and you will have to use a CA solvent to wipe it off, clean up and top coat.

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 05:11 PM

yes, I have a problem just saying “thank you” LOL sorry for the lecture.

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