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Last project post for the day.

This really was a project. Obtaining a glossy finish like this is no easy task. The finish was accomplished by sanding to a very high grit (12,000 Micro Mesh), then sealing, then many coats of water based lacquer. When cured, I wet sanded it to 1500 grit, then buffed it out on high speed wheels with tripoli, white diamond. Carnuba wax is usually the 3rd buffing compound but it smears up glossy work. Hand polishing with Meguir’s “Deep crystal” polish is the last step.

This is another piece of log dump maple with an ebony collar on top.

-- Just another woodworker





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Blake

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#1 posted 2404 days ago

Beautiful!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2404 days ago

Beautiful!

With all due respect, though, I have to wonder about the necessity of sanding down that fine in the beginning if you are going to come back with numerous coats of lacquer. Since you are going to be building up a relatively thick finish, it seems like it is the sanding after the lacquer that is what would yield the ultrasmooth surface. In other words, as long as your initial surface is smooth enough so that your coats of finish are going to fill any surface imperfections (i.e. down to 400 or so), then you should be good to go.

Now I admit, I say all of the above based on my experience with poly. Maybe lacquer is a different story.

At any rate, your result is wonderful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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schwingding

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#3 posted 2404 days ago

You have a valid point Charlie. Sanding to this fine of a grit allows me to decide on the finish to be applied after I’m done sanding. I always sand up to a very high grit first. This allows me to very carefully examine the surface to be sure it is completely uniform, as I spend a lot of time looking it over with each successive grit. Thereafter I have the choice of finish – sometimes I resand with a lower grit after doing all of that. I look at it as preparing a clean, blank canvas with which to take the next step. Additionally, this is a paid hobby for me and surface prep is one of my most liked parts of woodworking. If I were in a production shop I’m sure I’d choose to eliminate those what would be considered extra steps that you referred to. Thanks for the comment!

-- Just another woodworker

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 2404 days ago

I see your point, and it is a good one. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 2404 days ago

Very pretty, glassy looking. I like the ebony on top, thats hard to get that kind of shine on. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2404 days ago

Beautiful! I love the look of the grain figure.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Andy

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#7 posted 2404 days ago

Very nice work…and what a great piece of wood you found!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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RobG

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#8 posted 2404 days ago

Holy smokes!! To think that somebody would throw something that beautifull in the dump!! It looks almost like it is made out of glass. Awesome!

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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Alin Dobra

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#9 posted 2403 days ago

Very nice piece Mike. I can’t wait for your blog on how you send the curved surfaces. Did you sand this on the lather of off?

In terms of being surprised that such nice wood was thrown out, I really am not. Virtually all my woodturnings are made out of “garbage” (destined for the mulching machine). Most people think that only exotic woods are worth anything. Some lady did not believe me that my bandsaw boxes are made out of local cherry and not some exotic wood.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 2403 days ago

Bravo on the finish, woodworking is only part of the journey…Blkcherry

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 2403 days ago

That is a striking piece. I assume there is no stain and the pink color is natural?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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trifern

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#12 posted 2193 days ago

This is a beautiful hollow form piece. I am anxious to try hollow form turning. I purchased a Sorby Hollow Master tool today. I can only hope to turn out something half as nice as this. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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