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Forum topic by Jwoody posted 09-18-2020 04:26 PM 344 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2020 04:26 PM

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What is your “go to” woodturning finish? I am looking to try some different products/ techniques. Thanks

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 05:37 PM

For pens and small turnings I use Shellawax. Other larger things it depends on what it is being used for.

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#2 posted 09-18-2020 06:26 PM

Depends upon the items and level of protection need for actual use. A few items won’t apply any finish at all. Most items get a film finish (shellac, lacquer, or poly). On food safe items only use Laxative grade mineral oil.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 09-18-2020 07:09 PM

Mylands Friction Polish, CA glue, I have tried Turtle liquid Automotive Wax on turned urns (came out good).

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#4 posted 09-18-2020 07:14 PM

OB Shine Juice. 1:1:1 ratio of BLO:Shellac:Denatured Alcohol.

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#5 posted 09-19-2020 01:46 AM

Depends on the item size, intended use and wood type. Use a lot of poly for a danish oil look, CAB lacquer for fully filled, CA for some smaller stuff. Most all finishes are food safe once cured. Dont use any “turning finishes” like friction this or that. I have several items in my LJ projects

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#6 posted 09-19-2020 10:13 AM

Everything depends on what you are polishing… vino is good for a red nose…

For on the lathe, I have tried many of the suggestions above, however, no matter how I progress up the “grits”/products, whether acrylic or timber, I finish it off with a good quality polish (Meguiar’s),

... though any good car polish would do. I will emphasise that this is for shine and not necessarily protection... for example, below this finish, my pens are protected by 20 or so coats of CA glue, “sanded” up through the grits.

While I’m on my soapbox, for larger products I swear by the Beall buffing system.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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