|Project by dmann||posted 04-10-2009 03:32 AM||1656 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a cherry bowl that I roughed out last year on my old lathe and forgot about. I Have been chewing through wood so quickly on the new lathe that I actually have time to spend on things like finishing now :)
After I was happy with the shape I created a wire burning tool out of some old house wiring I had lying around to burn the line around the rim. I created bottom groove with a parting tool laid flat and colored it with a pencil so I didn’t get any color bleed.
I started finishing with some generic Minwax gloss poly I got from Wal-Mart but wasn’t happy with it. I sanded it off and finished with 6 coats of Watco “Wipe On Poly”. I am happy with the results, definitely gives a nice shiny finish if you are patient enough to apply multiple coats.
Anyone have suggestions on what to do (if anything) between coats of wipe-on poly? I applied light coats with a paper towel and the poly seemed to apply pretty smooth (much smoother than if I used a brush)—but still had some waves and ripples. I tried some steel wool between coats but not sure if it helped or hurt.
-- David / Durham, NC