Finishing Burls - Your Favorite Way?

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Forum topic by Doug posted 11-30-2017 04:39 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2017 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning burl bowl beeswax finishing woodturning

Hi Everyone,

I recently came by a number of cherry burls that were already dried out by another woodworker. Not wanting to screw up such great wood I took a small one to practice on. Had great fun making a rather small bowl.

Here is the question: What kind of finish do you prefer to use? I want to get a really high gloss on these. I used beeswax to finish it with my regular cloth to burn in/polish. Afterwards there were little bits of wax in crevices and no finish on the remaining natural surfaces.

Thanks to all in advance and enjoy your woodturning!



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#1 posted 11-30-2017 08:43 PM

I bought quart can of Zinsser’s clear Shellac and brushed on. Wished had got the spray can version instead. Stuff seals the entire surface including bark, cambium, voids, crevices, and inclusions which have on two burls working on. You can leave a shinny surface or low luster adding wax will provide super smooth surface whether leave shiney or low luster.

Most clear water based/borne poly products will give same results have to watch to make sure doesn’t impart a amber hue if want totally clear finish.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 05:32 PM

Thank you Bill. Much appreciated

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