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Posted on Finishing is not my strong suit

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 10:18 PM

Thanks Mr. Neil. I haven’t been turning on the lathe much, I’ve been using several King Arthurs tools here lately. Doesn’t really change the finishing process I don’t reckon just the application. I am pleased with the finish on the last couple of bowls. 2-4 coats of wipe on poly and one application of Briwax and buffed. (Just watched your YouTube vid on waxes this morning and wish I’d have known about the drops of water while buffing earlier). Anyway the poly and briwax finish works well for me for projects I want a high sheen on. It’s the finishing of a piece with as little sheen as possible I’m struggling with right now. I’ve got a Pecan natural edge bowl and a walnut burl bowl that are begging to be left as natural as possible. I thought maybe Walnut oil on the Walnut burl, for some reason it just makes sense in my head. I don’t mind just trying different finishes because someone recommends it but I’d really like to know why I use so and so finish and why this finish is better for this particular wood. I guess I’m just that aggravating guy that always has to ask “why.” Don’t get me wrong, a man as reputable as you can simply say “because I said so” and that’s good enough for me, haha. I plan on buying your book on finishing so maybe it will get into the “how and why’s.”

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