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#1 posted 11-25-2013 05:37 PM

Yeah, I saw that show and wondered about those Russian turning tools too. They use it as a “skew”, however it has a thin rounded blade edge that seems to work beautifully. It slices the wood and leaves a very smooth finish. I also noted the use of a “mashed potato” filler applied before painting. Yes, it is simply a thin uncooked finely mashed potato in water (cream-like consistency) applied in three coats, drying in between each coat. And the potato mush is just applied by hand . . . literally. And I noted the finial painted finish was a beautiful high gloss! So the potato filler must really work well. and its CHEAP!

I just may try to make one of those Russian-style turning tools. At least SOMEONE on this forum should give it a try!


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