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post #1 of 5 Old 05-05-2008, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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I'm submitting again because of my inexperience with the photos.
I've been doing small items to gain experience with the tools. I've been trying all tools-gouge, skew, scraper, bowl gouge etc and found as LB said if its sharp enough an axe would work. well here are some of my small but important first tries. the lathe set at areasonable 1750 and the gouge use to round off the square. Then a skew to smooth and then a parting tool to shape some of the smaller parts. I smoothed with sandpaper 100 and then 180 and use4d the sawdust to futher smooth. I haven't decided on stain or varnish but I have used beeswax. I find the sawdust does a neat job. Most of this is on the advice of some of you on the site. any comments?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-05-2008, 05:20 PM
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Pic's a bit small but from what these old eyes can see looks to be a very nice collection of stoppers! Did you use the cork ones or the silicone?...Bill...
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Hi turnertoo yes I used the cork ones and used wood glue to secure them to the wood
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Well it looks as though you are starting to enjoy being a turner, nice to see a little collection. I would stay away from varnish unless its the spry type.
Finish is something people muck up on in woodworking or turning, there are lots of ways to finish a piece and instant dry. there are lots of friction polishes out there, get yourself some sanding sealer, the cellulose type as this dries as soon as you use it, but don't have it thick thin it down if its to thick, the cut it back with a fine grit and then buff you get a great finsh just with that. You can then use beeswax on top or a friction polish, melimine or all.
Superglue thin stuff, you are in the UK so get yourself to the pound shop there all over the place you can get a pkt of 5 10g bottles of thin superglue its great stuff to use for punky woods sealing polishing and a rake of other stuff, just be carefull with it.
When you polish and buff use a kitchen roll paper then if it catches it will break away and not tear your finger of. I use one called bounce this is a few pennies more but it is better does not break down as easy and leaves no bits of white paper behind. Keep turning LB
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thanks for that LB always like to read your comments, and experiences. Yes i'm thoroughly enjoying the whole thing.I've straight away taken your info on board and shall use the finish you have reccommended.
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