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post #1 of 50 Old 12-26-2011, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Awkward but Important Question

Hi everyone,

I'm new to turning and have only done some pens and bottle stoppers so far. I hope this question doesn't offend anyone, as thats not my goal, its just a question that needs answering lol.

My girlfriend saw my finished stuff and has since been begging me to make her an adult toy on the lathe. I turned a couple, and was actually fun and really educational. My question is what finish would be appropriate.

I know salad bowl finish would work, because most of the people that make these things use that. But would a CA finish work? I mean it would be much more durable and after it dries/cures on the lathe wouldn't it be non toxic? Im a total newbie in finishes, although i have done some CA with good success.

I can post pics of the two that i have done, but do not want unless asked in case it would offend some. Also, you wouldn't look at them and immediatly think they are adult toys, so its not over the top haha.

Thanks for any responses, looking forward to some input!
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I'm not exactly sure what finish would be appropriate for this sort of thing. I don't think that I've ever really thought about it. With that being said, I would think that a very durable finish would be best. All I can really say, is make sure that the wood is super stable and that you have sanded VERY well. Interesting thread.

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Yea I never gave it a thought until she asked me. Then i tried researching finishes, which led me in circles. Some say CA finish is safe and durable and glossy once it cures.

I made them out of hard maple and they are very sturdy, sanded to 800 grit, smooth as glass, micromesh will follow once i have a finish nailed down.
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Any sort of film finish would work. Something that will stand up to repeated washing.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Epoxy is the way to go. I have a friend who makes wooden sinks. If it will hold up to that it should hold up to most things.
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Epoxy is a good idea. How would I apply it? I have taken these off the lathe, but the next batch I could on it for application.
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Also is epoxy when cured safe for internal use you think? Haha just feels weird to even ask that question lol.
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i wanna see one of these lol
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Make sure the CA has dried before use.That applies to any project.
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i wanna see one of these lol
That would likely violate the TOS of the site.



Have you considered a hand rubbed finish

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Haha well I don't wanna get banned from the site, way too much valuable info around this place.
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Best comment so far, just to let you know, all the guys at the Sheriff's Office are laughing our butts off over that!

Seriously though, epoxy would be the way to go. When cured most all epoxies are food grade kinda stuff. I buy all of mine from www.boatbuildercentral.com

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hi new to thesite nad need some help. have turned some spindels and bowls/. now i need to turn some penns boy do i need help. what do i need to do this??
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So epoxy or hand rubbed finish lol. I might go with the epoxy lol.
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I'd think an epoxy would be your only option for something safe. You definitely want the wood well sealed, no mineral oil/wax finish for this one.
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When cured, CA is completely non-toxic.

(It was developed for the military to quickly close wounds on a battlefield -- instant stitches.)

Whether it is as durable as an epoxy finish is a different question altogether, but there should be no concern about its toxicity.

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have you considered making these "objects," out of a composite material?
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It has been many years since I was in a "Health" class (as it was called at the time), but I remember something about a whole bunch of little swimmers getting killed off in a hostile region before they reached their goal.

From everything I have heard, most finishes are safe after being completely cured. (I like to err on the side of safety and consider one year a good time for cured, but that is me.) The thing that everyone is looking at is the possible toxins that your finish may export. Perhaps you should be looking at what a finish could import. Could a finish be dissolved or broken down in this "hostile region?"

I have done a couple of turnings where I sanded down to 2000 grit (I had to get that from an auto parts store) and then burnished with a brown paper bag. I got a very smooth finish and a light sheen. Maybe you could try this, but mist with water in between sandings to raise the grain. Iím not sure if this would work or not, but perhaps some of the more experienced turners could help.

Another venue for opinions would be to call a gynecologist for their advice, but make sure to record the conversation for us to hear.

By the way, my earlier mention to a "hostile region" is not a reference to my ex, but to an anatomical part of the body and its contents.

A final option would be to just dress it in a suit. Us guys donít care for it, but you probably wonít hear any objections from a piece of wood.
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Great topic, Don't make it too big or you'll need to start making napkin rings!
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