|Project by Chris Cunanan||posted 1891 days ago||785 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
got the wood in an impulsive buy while at rockler in the cutoff bin, don’t know the species but it looks “exotic”
I don’t think these could be made for profit after you include all the overhead, unless you have people lining up to pay $25-30 each which I don’t see happening anytime soon, so these would remain in the gift category for me.
sanded to 600 grit, then burnished with some of the shavings inside of steel wool, I found this burnishing step to really make the difference pre-finish in polishing up all the fine scratches from the sandpaper. finished with BLO, maybe 3 coats…is this enough usually? I didn’t dilute it at all, but i think a couple more would have really made for a shinier finish, but I’m sure it will be well received by my grandma who eats ice almost every day now…when you get to a certain point who cares if its bad for you right? Also, how long does straight BLO take to dry usually? it doesn’t say any time window on the can…
also, what makes every turning project more difficult for me is I don’t have sharpening equipment yet so with each project my tools are getting duller and I don’t have anything but a face plate and a very dull spur drive, i have more vibration than there should be and I always have to saw off one end by hand at the end and re-sand/burnish the bottom/top by hand, it’s a PITA right now, hopefully I can find funds to buy a chuck jaw vice soon though…
thanks for all your comments and constructive criticism, i’m still a beginning turner and this is one of my first few projects