|Project by McLeanVA||posted 02-27-2012 04:53 PM||2378 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
Here are a few more Mach 3 razors I turned this weekend. These were made out of some pieces of Eucalyptus burl and Red Mallee burl. I had not worked with Red Mallee before, but am really impressed with the color and the crazy grain pop. Will definitely add that to the list of favorite turning woods.
Like last time, I experimented a bit with the shape/profiles to fit different sized hands.
The only tricky part (assuming you are familiar with turning) was filling the small voids and bark inclusions that some burls offer. I found it much easier to turn my blanks to near-finished shape and sand with 150 grit. At this point you can inspect the wood for any small cracks or voids that will show up on the finished project. Then mix up some 5 minute epoxy to fill the gaps. When the epoxy is dry (longer than 5 minutes) use a sharp spindle gouge or something that gives you precise control to gently turn the epoxy blobs back down to the original shape. Then sand through your grits (150 up to 600).
I did a total of 8 coats of CA glue on each blank and then wet sanded with micro mesh (up to 4000 grit). Finished off with a coat of HUT Ultra Gloss at max lathe speed to really heat it up. Thanks for looking. Lots of very happy customers with incredibly smooth faces.
-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.