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My first bottle stopper

OK my first bottle stopper. The shape started out different but after I started cutting seamed to just start going where it wanted. I like the shape but now I need a finish. What finish do you guys recommend?


Any comments welcome. I'm turning a few more so I will see if I get any helpful advice or comments.
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I don't see a photo. I use diluted lacquer for my finish.
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I don't see a photo. I use diluted lacquer for my finish.

I'm not sure what happen I thought it was there when I hit send. It's fixed now.

Diluted lacquer? I'm guessing it's sprayed.
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I use a combination of shellac/walnut oil/carnuba wax thatI get from my local Woodcraft. Sort of like a home brewed Shellawax, but thinner and with better sheen. Super easy to apply and no fumes.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Rich - very nice shape, kind of "classical" like a Roman ogee and such.

From the photo, it looks like the wood has open pores in the grain.

My experience of putting wax finishes on pens with this type of grain was not so good -- the wax formed white spots and lines in the open pores. It might be worth wet-sanding using something like Danish oil as the wetting agent, the slurry will fill the pores then set.

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Looks like a good start!

I usually sand mine down to 600 then use some 0000 steel wool to do a little polishing. After that I use mylands friction polish for 2 or 3 coats then one or two coats of wipe-on polyurethane for some extra protection against handling. Even with wood that is very open grained I get a nice smooth finish.

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I use a combination of shellac/walnut oil/carnuba wax thatI get from my local Woodcraft. Sort of like a home brewed Shellawax, but thinner and with better sheen. Super easy to apply and no fumes.
Thanks, I'm guessing you apply while spinning let dry and buff. Could you share the details of your mix.
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Partly correct. Apply with the lathe running slow and then turn that sucker up to about 2500 rpm, buffing/polishing as it dries. Here is a link to their online store. This is available through my local Woodcraft. http://www.doctorswoodshop.com/

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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