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Project by Chris Cunanan posted 2026 days ago 831 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 2026 days ago

I like it a lot . I’ve never used BLO , so I don’t know if it ever gets shiny or not…I’m guessing that it does not .
I’m sure that Gram will love her new utensil , shiny or not .
I know what you mean about mass producing something of this quality …ppl will never pay you for what you have into it : (

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Chris Cunanan

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#2 posted 2023 days ago

thanks for the compliment and input dusty, it is always appreciated. As anticipated she loved it, they were surprised that it was something i could have even made, which always makes ya feel good! lol

the wine stoppers on the other hand may have a market in the elder communities near me, those old people and their wine…its all about the brews, hah

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