|Project by DAC||posted 06-16-2014 10:25 PM||689 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My first bowl was made from a chunk of Mesquite that I found on the side of the road. Lots of that out here. My second bowl is out of some red elm that I had. Talk about messy. Wood shavings everywhere. Just got a Nova 1624-44 about 2 months ago as woodcraft has these on sale one a year. This year it was $899.00. Not bad for an eight speed lathe but do I wish I could of afforded the DVR version. Oh well. The red elm turned easy. For a finish on the mesquite and the red elm I used MASTERPIECE WOOD FINISH. This is their new 3 step oil/wax finishing system. No stains or dyes were used. I followed the instructions to the letter with the mesquite. With the red elm I sanded the second step to 600 grit before applying step 3 and the shine was better. I also tried the finish on a piece of cocobolo to a disappointing end. The cocobolo is was to tight of a grain for this finish. I sanded on three separate areas. one with 180 grit. one with 600 grit and one with 1500 grit. No matter what I tried I could not get a finish that was worthy of this wood.
The finish though was excellent on the red elm and a good sanding to a finer grit is best before and after you apply step 2 if going to step 3. you can stop at step 2 if you like what you see and if you want shinier then go to step 3. The manufacturer does state to use scotchbrite 0000 on step 2 if not smooth enough. Kind of open ended suggestion as what is smooth to me may not be smooth to you.
Any way the finishes came out good in my estimate. I hope the bowls are worthy. I added button feet on the red elm bowl. that was to hide the screw holes I used to mount the chunk of wood. next time I will read the instructions and mount the wood correctly to the chuck.
-- Wood is a zen like experiance.