Massager in Cedar

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Project by PASs posted 05-10-2012 12:52 AM 1631 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From a cedar scrap my daughter’s boyfriend gave me.

Sealed with 2 pound shellac, sanded to 320 grit, then polished on the Beall system.
About 30 minutes from first hands on to finishing the caruba waxing.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 01:05 AM

Looks great, excellent shine

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 03:39 AM

—cool. How many coats of shellac did you put on it? and how long does that take to dry?

-- PRO- Roofer, Atlanta,

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 11:24 AM

that’s got some sweet grain on it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 11:41 AM

PRO….It’s one coat of 2 pound shellac, just to seal the grain for polishing.
As soon as I put it on I buff it off with a rag until the wood is so hot it starts to hurt my fingers.
The goal is to seal the grain but not leave any residue before polishing.
I use the Beall system for most of my final finishes.
As I put the first wheel against the wood I watch to see that any excess shellac is being pulled off the wood…it will usually wipe off as a reddish-yellow glob at the exit point of the polishing wheel. The appearance of the wood with also show as the grain texture will reappear from under any smooth shellac finish.
When I hit the wood with the white diamond it brings the shine out on the wood surface.
Usually when I put the carunba wax on there is not discernible difference in the appearance of the wood, just a change in how the surface feels…more waxy and smooth (go figure.)

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 11:48 AM

As a follow on about the finish…there are some burnishing marks visible around the piece.
I did the final shaping with a rounding tool…a rather sharp rounding tool, and let the heel of the tool ride along the surface to control material removal. At that point the tool was taking power off the surface of the wood.
Because the dull, rounded part of the tool was hitting the rather soft surface of the cedar it appears that it compressed the surface in a few spots.
This wasn’t visible until I put the shellac on, at which time the burnishing effect caused a difference in the way the shellac soaked into the wood. And I would suppose the burnishing also bent the wood fiber and changed the chatoyancy.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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