|Project by Andy||posted 05-13-2016 12:32 AM||563 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This top is made from one of the hardest woods in the world, Lignum Vitae with a janka hardness of 4,390 lbs. It is such an amazing wood to turn, let me tell you why.
First off, there is no finish on this top, it is bare polished wood. This wood is so waxy/oily there is really no need to finish. It is a very smooth and easy cutting wood too. Because of its density you cant take a big bite out of it but I went straight from the tool to 400 grit sandpaper and because the surface was left so smooth from the tool it was alot rougher after being sanded. But this did smooth down any minute ridges. I then just polished with steel wool with the lathe turned up high until it had this nice sheen to it.
If you are a wood turner and youve never turned genuine Lignum Vitae, Do It! It is the hardest wood Ive ever turned and takes a little more time but even so, it is by far my favorite wood to turn.
Thanjs for viewing, Andy.
-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods