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Apr 17th, 2008 at 1:11am
 
Hey all,
I'm new to woodturning and I'm wondering what to finish a piece with. I'm turning a winged bowl from a Coolibah burl cap. It's my 7th piece, the previous 6 being finished with tung oil. Other than finishing with blood, which I have shed a couple times, would like to try something new. I prefer a high sheen, but not a plastic look. Any suggestions on what and how would be appreciated. Thanks
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Re: what to use?????
Reply #1 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 7:24am
 
I like Waterlox, which is a tung oil blend.

Nice sheen, easy to wipe on, easy to repair.

It has a short shelf life unless you decant into smaller jars.
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Reply #2 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 8:31am
 
I've used the tung oil blends for a really long time and like them a lot.  However, lately I've been using Seal-A-Cell.  It is a wipe on varnish that I usually brush on.  Think I'm going back to wiping on though.  Brushing on seems to put too much on.  Anyway, once I'm satisfied with it, I take it to the buffing wheel and give it a good going over.  Seems to be working out nicely.
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Reply #3 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 8:51am
 
I use a home brew of polyurathane,paint thinner and lindseed oil,# 1 reason its cheaper to make and it leaves the wood with a nice natural looking finish and also very easy to make repairs,if needed.It is basicly danish oil,just a lot cheaper to make,but works just as well.Good luck.
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Reply #4 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 1:23pm
 
Roll EyesI'm new to turning also-wood turning. Did some metal lathe work,just for mechanical reasons- motorcycle parts. Have'nt really finished a piece,just rough cuts waiting to be finished. Was planning on using danish oil and a coat of wax to produce a high gloss. Any comments on this?  Aloha John
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Reply #5 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 2:11pm
 
To produce a high gloss, you'll want to follow the directions on the can until you get a pretty good gloss and complete coverage on the piece.  It could take many coats depending on the wood.  Once you have a nice gloss on the entire piece, then you can wax to help protect and maintain. 
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Reply #6 - Apr 17th, 2008 at 9:13pm
 
The best gloss that I've gotten so far is from Either wipe on poly or homemade danish oil mixed in mostly equal parts.
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