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I'm new to the forum and have a question I'm hoping people can help me with.

Recently I have begun experimenting making small projects with found wood. I'm talking about making candle holders or lamps and the like. The wood I'm using often has worm holes in it or mold lines or unique shapes from weather deterioration. My question is how to properly finish the wood. Some of the pieces in some places cannot be sanded smooth. It would ruin the effect and the whole purpose of using this kind of wood. At the same time, I don't want to leave the pieces unfinished. I'd like to use a finish that enhances the wood even in the places where it cannot be sanded. What would be the ideal finish for this. Suggestions?
 

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Duane----Better answers will come---I'm not the worlds best turner---

However, Thin CA glue is the trick for 'petrifying' punky spots in wood---it'll harden it up enough to sand and finish.

Shellac is a nice simple turners finish that drys quickly--builds reasonable well and will take a coat of wax.

Some like to add some boiled linseed oil to the shellac.---Mike---
 
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